#TheList Peter-Robert Wood, born 25/07/1984, of 5 Potternewton Heights, Leeds LS7 3DD, and Kieran Antony Wade, born 22/11/1990, of 72 Garnet Road, Leeds LS11 5HP – left a dog to starve to death in cellar
The English bull terrier, called Taz, died in misery in a filthy cellar of a house in Leeds after Peter-Robert Wood and Kieran Wade hid the animal from authorities.
Taz weighed just 12kg – less than half his expected body weight – and had ingested more than 50 inedible items as he was so desperate for food.
A post mortem showed Taz had swallowed part of a football and pieces of leather and plastic because he was so “ravenously hungry”.
Both men pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.
Andrew Davidson, prosecuting, told the court RSPCA officers made several visits to Wood’s home in late 2011 and early 2012 over concerns for the dog’s welfare.
Wood was given advice after Taz was noted to be underweight and his kennel and the yard he was being kept in was filthy.
On April 25, 2012 RSPCA inspector Sally Bamforth climbed a fence to get into the property and found the dog in an extremely subdued state and reluctant to move. Wood’s mother and sister were in the property at the time and were asked to contact him. The officer then called police and waited in her car outside the house.
Mr Davidson said Taz had “disappeared” when officers went to the property and were told the animal had been stolen.
The prosecutor said it was now known that Wood had arranged for Taz to be moved to the home of his friend Kieran Wade. The animal was found dead five weeks later in the cellar of a house on Trentham Grove, Beeston.
After the case, Inspector Bamforth said: “It has been a very upsetting case from start to finish.
“Taz was a lovely animal.This sentence will not bring him back but it is some justice at last for what happened to him.”
Sentence: Wood – 23 weeks in jail, disqualified from keeping a dog for five years; Wade – 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, 180 hours’ unpaid work. Banned from keeping a dog for five years (bans expired 2018).