#TheList Paul James, born 25/05/1961, of 56 Arrael View, Abertillery NP13 1ST – wrapped his poorly dog in an old carpet and dumped him at the roadside
James pleaded guilty to three Animal Welfare Act offences at Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court on 24/04/2017.
These included an offence of failing to meet the needs of the dog – named Max – after he was dumped in a deteriorating physical condition near Fochriw Mountain, on August 12, 2016. The dog was found by a member of the public and later put down on welfare grounds.
James also admitted to causing the dog unnecessary suffering by failing to provide veterinary care and attention for a severely infected right ear, and for signs of illness.
RSPCA Cymru, who identified the dog’s owner after a social media appeal, say the case highlights the potential consequences of abandoning injured animals.
RSPCA inspector, Annie Simmonds, said: “It was heartbreaking that in this dog’s moment of need, instead of companionship and compassion, his owner chose to dump him like this, to die alone and suffering.
“We are grateful to the public for their support, following our initial appeal for information.”
Sentencing: 18-week custodial sentence for each offence, suspended for 12 months and to run concurrently. Ordered to pay costs and charges totalling £515. Banned from keeping any animal for the rest of his life.