A man who kept his dogs in crates for four days without food and water while he went away has been disqualified from keeping animals for five years.
Lola and Blue were left in crates stacked on top of each other and Blue was later put down after he was discovered to be of a banned breed.
21-years-old James Silver, of Hickingwood Lane, in Clowne, Derbyshire, appeared at North Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Thursday last week (27 July), where he pleaded guilty to two offences of failing to meet the needs of the dogs, named Lola and Blue.
The court heard that the RSPCA was alerted to the dogs by a concerned member of the public.
Inspector Rachel Leafe said:
An RSPCA inspector gained entry to the property, in New Street, Pilsey, with the police on Christmas Eve last year.
Both dogs were signed over into the RSPCA’s care. Staffordshire bull terrier Lola has since been rehomed, however sadly a police dog legislation officer identified Blue as a banned breed under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act, and as a result was put to sleep.
Inspector Leafe said:
As well as a five-year ban on keeping animals, Silver was also given a nine-month community order, a £120 fine and an £85 victim surcharge.