Hanworth couple celebrate after vet jailed for animal crueltyBy Hugh Fort
July 20, 2012
A couple who campaigned against a vet’s appalling treatment celebrated as he was jailed for causing unnecessary suffering to animals.
Lee and Joanne Breadmore, from Hanworth, were so shocked at the conditions in Woosehill Vets, Wokingham, they took their dog Mollie elsewhere and began a campaign to make other pet owners aware.
Awuah Ohene-Gyan, 53, owner of Woosehill Vets, was jailed for 21 weeks at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, July 11.
Ghanaian Ohene-Gyan, who has also been declared bankrupt, was convicted of four counts of causing unnecessary suffering to animals at the court last month.
He also owned Ashlyn House veterinary surgery in Binfield, but the charges related to his surgery in Emmview Close, Wokingham.
District Judge Lynne Matthews said Ohene-Gyan, of Battersea in London, let the surgery become “an appalling shambles” with “filthy kennels and animals lying in their own urine and faeces”.
District Judge Matthews said: “The suffering you caused to these animals was prolonged and unnecessary.
“The sentence I can impose for this is a maximum of six months in prison.You denied the charges so I cannot offer you a reduction on the grounds of a guilty plea.
“However, I have seen you have, finally, admitted you are to blame.”
She added he had not put labels on any of the cages housing animals, which made diagnosing and treating them impossible, and found him to be “incapable of interpreting X-rays”.
Linda Appiah, defending, asked to postpone the hearing for a psychiatric report due to Ohene-Gyan suffering from stress and anxiety, which was rejected by the judge.
The charges, brought by the RSPCA, related to four animals – three dogs and a cat – treated between February and October last year.
Lee and Joanne were at the court to see Ohene-Gyan jailed.
Lee said afterwards: “I’d be happier if it was six years rather than less than six months, but the law is the law.
“We’re pleased. We started the campaign to stop him as we saw first hand what was going on there. Now he has been banned from keeping animals for life it means he can’t do what he did again.”
The Breadmores’ case was not brought to court.
Following the hearing, RSPCA inspector Derek Wilkins said: “In 33 years I have seen worse cases than this, caused by some truly evil people.
“However, I don’t think I’ve ever been more upset with a case than this, because of who it was causing the suffering to animals.”