Eastbourne reporter visits home after dog photo outrage

The Herald went to visit a property yesterday after a photograph of a dog caused outrage online.

Wednesday, 15th March 2017, 9:47 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:12 am
Biscuit at her home (Photo by Jon Rigby)

The photo appeared to show a dog surrounded by its own excrement at an Eastbourne address, which has led to hundreds of people expressing concern for its welfare on social media.

The RSPCA responded to calls and yesterday (Tuesday) visited the house, stating they found three dogs there ‘in good body condition and health, with access to food, water and shelter’.

The animal charity added that the mess had been cleared up and officers were reassured it would not happen again.

Biscuit at her home (Photo by Jon Rigby)

A Herald reporter visited that day and found the majority of the mess had been cleared up.

The dog in the photo, called Biscuit, is a 12-year-old female cross that the owners have had since she was a puppy, and all three dogs at the property had access to food and water and could go inside the house through a dog flap.

The owner said, “The RSPCA have been around and said everything is fine.

“We have had Biscuit for 12 years, since she was a puppy. She’s alright, she can go inside when she wants.

Reporter Ginny Sanderson and Biscuit (Photo Jon Rigby)

“She just happened to be there when the photo was taken.”

The council can investigate environmental health impact on neighbours, insist on a clean up and report any concerns about animals to the RSPCA.

Biscuit at her home (Photo by Jon Rigby)
Reporter Ginny Sanderson and Biscuit (Photo Jon Rigby)