Basingstoke, Hampshire: Michael Hammond

#TheList Michael Henry Hammond, born 21/10/1992, of 18 Westray Close, South View, Basingstoke RG21 4HY – for neglect/starvation of his Staffordshire bull terrier

Staffy Bowser was underweight and living in foul conditions
Michael Hammond’s starving and neglected dog was living in foul conditions

Hammond was found guilty of three animal welfare offences in relation to two-year-old Bowser, who was in poor body condition and living in an unhygienic, hazardous environment.

The dog weighed just 13kg – which rose to 16.3kg in just two weeks, after he was given an appropriate diet.

The court heard that between April 1, 2019, and May 1, 2019, Hammond failed to take steps which were deemed reasonable in all the circumstances to ensure that the needs of an animal we met.

RSPCA Inspector Jan Edwards, who investigated for the animal welfare charity, said: “Bowser was severely underweight, I could see his ribs and hip bones through the skin, he was not the weight he should be for his age or breed type, and when I touched him I could feel his bones easily under his skin.”

Bowser was rescued from a flat which had a large amount of dog faeces over the floor.

Sentencing: ordered to pay £275. Banned from owning dogs for ONE year.

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