A father and son from Cardiff have been banned from keeping animals after starving their pet dog.
The dog owned by Marc Jones and Neil Davies was found to be very thin, infested with fleas and had “undergone a period of starvation”.
The male red Staffordshire terrier, named Rocky, was taken by the RSPCA and has now been rehomed.
The dog was examined at Valley Vet Hospital in Taffs Well in October 2019 and was found to have an ear infection and tests showed he was anaemic.
The RSPCA said that veterinary surgeon Greg Dixon felt Rocky had been provided with an inadequate or inappropriate food supply for at least fourteen days.
He said that the owners’ failure to get treatment for his ear disease resulted in Rocky suffering pain and discomfort, adding that the overall condition of Rocky was serious enough to constitute unnecessary suffering.
On Thursday Cardiff Crown Court confirmed that Marc Jones, 32, of Ferntree Drive, St Mellons, was disqualified from keeping animals for three years and was ordered to pay £100 costs and an £85 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
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He also received a 12-month community order with 20 days of rehabilitation activity and a three-month curfew from 8pm to 6am.
The court also confirmed that Neil Davies, 22, from the same address, was disqualified from keeping animals for five years and received a £140 fine, plus £100 costs and a £90 victim surcharge, for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
He also received a 12-month community order with 25 days rehab activity.
RSPCA Inspector Christine McNeil said: “When I first saw Rocky, he was in very poor condition. Although he was very friendly and affectionate, it was clear he wasn’t being looked after properly. The vet reported that he was very underweight, blind from cataracts and had awful ear problems. He also seemed very hungry; he tried to get into a plastic food bin, and when he was given food, he really wolfed it down.
“Rocky was immediately given veterinary treatment to address his infected ears, and the skin problems which had been caused by fleas and put on a gentle feeding regime of easily digestible food. We were so glad he was transferred into our care, as he really needed some TLC. Rocky has now reached an appropriate weight and we’re happy to confirm that he has been rehomed with a caring family.
“The neglect suffered by Rocky could have been easily avoided but he was simply left to suffer without the care he needed and deserved. We encourage people who can no longer cope with caring for their pets to contact us for help and advice to avoid unnecessary distress and suffering being caused.”
To report concerns about an animal, please contact the RSPCA’s helpline on 0300 1234 999.