A husky called Kenz who was found collapsed and emaciated in a filthy cupboard that had been turned into a dog pen has made an amazing transformation in RSPCA care.

Kenz’ owner Lee Mark Aveyard of Broadstone Way, Bradford was disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years when he appeared before Bradford Magistrates’ Court last month (Wednesday 20 February), in a prosecution case brought by the charity.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to one offence of failing to meet the needs of Kenz by failing to provide a suitable environment and one of causing unnecessary suffering to him by failing to explore and address his poor body condition under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

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The RSPCA attended Aveyard’s home on 11 October last year.

RSPCA chief inspector Heidi Jenner said:

As soon as the inspector walked through the door to the property there was a strong smell of ammonia.

Heidi Jenner
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He was taken straight to a vets where he was found to be emaciated with his ribs, spine and pelvis all clearly visible. He had pressure sores on his legs, the biggest one on his left hind leg measuring 2.5cm in diameter and 1cm deep. He was also anaemic. He weighed just 13.7kgs, gaining 2.4kgs in three days. In four weeks he gained 8.8kgs taking him to 22.5kgs - a 64% increase in body weight. Today he weighs in at 34.4kg.

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In mitigation the court heard that the defendant had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, and that he was shortly to become the carer for a relative.As well as the disqualification, Aveyard was sentenced to a 12-month probation order, with 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days, a five-month curfew order between 7pm and 7am, ordered to pay costs of £300 and an £85 victim surcharge. A deprivation order was also placed on Kenz.

Kenz is in the care of RSPCA Lancashire East Branch - where he has been since November - and staff continue to work with him to prepare him for a forever home.

Animal Centre Manager Jeanette Ainscough said:

Seeing Kenz now, it’s hard to believe that he is the same dog.

Jeanette Ainscough