A MAN who kept his dogs in terrible conditions, without decent food or water has been given a suspended sentence and banned from keeping animals for ten years.
Gavin Richardson, age 30, from Hertford Street, Balsall Heath, Birmingham was given a 10 year ban from owning, keeping or participating in the keeping of any animal of any kind following a case heard in Solihull Magistrates court last Thursday (June 18).
In September 2008 eight dogs were seized by Solihull Council’s Animal Welfare officers from an address in Coventry Road, Elmdon following complaints and an investigation into the creatures’ living conditions.
All were found to be living in filth, in their own mess and without appropriate food and water. The dogs also required veterinary treatment for mange.
Richardson pleaded guilty to 13 offences of neglect and unnecessary suffering to the dogs and one offence of operating an unlicensed pet shop.
The presiding Judge, District Judge Nigel Cadbury said: “This was a very bad case of neglect, over a significant period of time, whilst trying to make financial gain.”
The judge imposed a suspended prison sentence for all offences. Richardson was given 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months to run concurrently with a two months sentence, suspended for 12 months for the offence of keeping an unlicensed pet shop in addition to the 10 year ban.
A curfew from 7pm-6am each night for 18 weeks as part of the requirement of the suspended sentence was also handed to Richardson with the statement that in doing so it would take away his free time and prevent Richardson from DJ-ing at weekends, forming part of the punishment.
RSPCA chief inspector for Birmingham Tim Scott said: “The seriousness of the case is reflected in the sentence.”
Councillor Diana Mrs Holl-Allen, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities added: “As a dog lover and someone who owns a dog, I am appalled at the details of this case and welcome the judge’s sentence.
“This is the worst case of neglect to dogs seen by officers at Solihull Council and the first time officers have had to use their powers to seize animals in order to alleviate suffering.
“All of the dogs received veterinary treatment, and some extra care and attention to bring them back into good health.
“I am delighted to say that we had an overwhelming response from the people of Solihull, offering these dogs permanent homes, and all of the dogs are now doing well.”
The dogs were an American bull dog bitch, which had eight puppies ten days after being seized, two English bull terrier bitches (mother and daughter), Staffordshire bull terrier bitch, Wire haired Jack Russell terrier bitch, Smooth haired Jack Russell terrier bitch, Border collie male and a Rottweiller bitch.