#TheList Stacey Crawford, of The Flats, Turner View, Illingworth HX2 8JX, and Craig Horsfall of Keighley Road, Illingworth HX2 9NJ – left a one-year-old bull terrier named Lenny to starve to death in a puppy cage over several weeks.
Lenny had been living in a cage in a bedroom at the couple’s home. They said that they had stopped feeding him because when they tried to put food in the cage he would bite them. They hadn’t sought help with him because, they said, they had no credit on their phones.
When Lenny finally starved to death, Crawford and Horsfall buried him on public land. This was, however, witnessed by a member of the public who alerted the RSPCA. RSPCA Inspector Charlotte Booker and a police officer then dug up the burial spot where Lenny’s carcass was found.
Inspector Booker said: “This was a very harrowing case to deal with and I think the memory of it will stay with me forever.
“I dug this dog’s emaciated body up. He weighed just 10kg, half his ideal weight, and his feet were stained yellow from urine.
“The owners had dog food in the house but they hadn’t fed him. They told me he hadn’t been out of the cage he was living in for four weeks before he died. They had cats, bearded dragons and tropical fish which were all being fed.”
“Lenny starved to death right in front of them,” said Insp Booker.
The two cats were signed over to the RSPCA for rehoming and the bearded dragons and tropical fish were found new homes by the couple.
Sentence: jailed for 18 weeks and banned from keeping animals for life