A man has been disqualified from keeping animals for five years after he laced ham with antifreeze which was then eaten by his neighbour’s dog -killing him.
Edmund Dickens of Hopkins Heath, Telford, appeared at Telford Magistrates’ Court today where he pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the dog by placing food rendered poisonous with antifreeze in a place accessible to animals, knowing it would cause unnecessary suffering, contrary to section 4 under the Animal Welfare Act, and to knowingly placing the poisonous food on the floor, contrary to section 8 of the Protection of Animals Act. As well as the disqualification order, magistrates ordered him to pay costs of £950.
The court heard that, in August this year, Dickens placed the ham in a yogurt pot in his front garden before going on holiday as he wanted to get rid of rats. However Tyson, a West Highland terrier who lived across the road, ate the ham and died four days later from the effects of poisoning.
RSPCA inspector Kate Parker, who investigated, said: