#TheList Alan T Noble, Trinity St, Southwick, Sunderland SR5 2EG – left two rescue Dogues de Bordeaux out in the cold, with no water or shelter; fed them a poor diet
Dogues de Bordeaux Ruby and Hooch had been rescued from a shelter by Alan Noble, but their new home was not a happy one, Instead, Noble left them outside without water or shelter in wintry conditions, and did nothing to address Ruby’s skin and eye condition.
Judith Curry, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said an inspector first visited Noble’s home after an anonymous tip-off.
Miss Curry said: “She met Mr Noble, who refused to allow her through the property, but he did take her to the back garden, where she was shown two dogs through the fence.
“Ruby and Hooch were both in a lean condition, but appeared alert.
“Mr Noble stated that he was in the process of completing a new kennel. He said the back door was always open so they could have access to the house.”
Miss Curry said the inspector came across several breaches of the Animal Welfare Act, including lack of nutrition, shelter or bedding.
She added: “The yard was in a dangerous condition, with a lot of items that pose a threat to animals.”
Mr Noble was given advice on how to rectify the problems, especially in view of the cold weather, and an RSPCA inspector returned a few days later to find Noble was not home.
On December 20, 2015, they went back to the house, where they met Noble outside, refusing to show them the dogs.
“He stated that he had no keys to access the property and that the gates to the back garden were padlocked and the dogs were aggressive.”
Police were called and the inspector examined the dogs, who both had visible and prominent ribs, hips and spines.
“Ruby was very lethargic,” Miss Curry added. “The inspector said the animals needed to see a vet and Mr Noble signed them over to the RSPCA.”
The dogs were taken to see a vet and Hooch, who was underweight but required no treatment, was released to the care of the RSPCA on a special diet. Ruby was hospitalised, suffering from dehydration and a skin and eye condition. They have both been rehomed.
Noble was interviewed, saying he did feed the dogs three times a day with three 15kg bags of dried dog food per week. He said he’d taken in the rescue dogs four months prior and that his care had improved their health.
Noble pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to meet the needs of Ruby and Hooch, in that they were kept in an environment that contained hazardous objects and no adequate shelter; that he failed to provide them with a suitable diet and fresh water; and that he failed to address veterinary care in respect of infections.
Sentence: 12-month community order, with a three-month curfew; total of £210 costs. No ban.