A 29-year-old man who left his starving dogs in a cage with no food or water, has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years.
David Bromley appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre for sentencing after pleading guilty to four Animal Welfare Act offences.
The court heard the RSPCA became involved after receiving a call from a worried member of the public who had seen how thin the dogs – a crossbreed called Caesar and a Staffordshire bull terrier named Buster – were.
When an inspector arrived at a property in Eaton Street, Stoke-on-Trent, where Bromley was living at the time, both dogs were in a small cage together with no food or water.
They were so thin that all of their rib bones were sticking out and they were also covered in fleas. Both dogs also had self-trauma from scratching themselves because of the fleas.
RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin, said: “I was really shocked at the state of the poor dogs. When I saw them in the cage they didn’t react at all, they were so depressed – there was no barking, nothing.
“They spent hours at a time in this cage, with no bedding, no food and no water.
“When the vet looked at them, they were also found to be dehydrated and it had been at least 24 hours since they’d had any water.
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“They were fed in the vets and they ate the food ravenously. As they were so weak they had to be admitted at the vets for a few days for observations.”
Bromley told Inspector Melvin that he could not afford to feed the dogs and that he would bring back scraps of meat from the takeaway where he worked at the time, which he would feed them.
He also said that he felt remorse.
As well as the 10-year ban, Bromley, of Tixall Road, Stafford, was also fined £120, ordered to pay £300 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
The two dogs have since made a good recovery and have now been rehomed.
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