A man sentenced today for causing cruelty to a dog who was in such a poor condition when she was found that she had to be put to sleep.
Andrew Fawcett had been found guilty of three allegations under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in his absence at Leeds Magistrates Court in February.
His dog, a female Staffordshire bull terrier called ‘Bess’, was found by police after they were called to an address at Lovel Park Towers, Leeds in July 2011. They called the RSPCA and a vet who put her to sleep at the scene, such was her condition.
A female Staffordshire bull terrier puppy, a female cat and a gecko were also seized from the address by police and placed in RSPCA care. They were signed over to the RSPCA and rehomed.
Mr Fawcett was banned from keeping any animals for life, given an 18 month community order including 200 hours of unpaid work and 30 days activity requirement. He was also ordered to pay £500 costs.
The court heard that he had a difficult life that meant he relied heavily on other people and was frightened of going to jail.