#TheList backyard breeder Andi Martin Kilgallon, born 26/08/1992, previously of Swindon and more recently (2020) Edinburgh Crescent, Bourne PE10 9DS – left his pet dog and her four puppies to starve
After reports from a member of the public, the RSPCA went to a property on Spindletree Court, Swindon, in August 2015. There inspectors found a nursing mother dog, Tia, shaking and in a skeletal state surrounded by her pups, all of whom were clearly suffering.
All of the dogs were removed from the property and taken to a vet who was shocked at their condition and said that Tia was the skinniest dog that they had ever seen. Sadly two of the dogs, including mother Tia, later had to be put to sleep on veterinary advice.
Owner Andi Kilgallon, a career criminal with multiple convictions, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his pets by not providing them with sufficient food.
His lawyer told the court his client did not have the money to take the dogs to the vet, he was depressed and struggling with the break-up of his relationship with the mother of his children.
Social services had become involved in the care of his six-month-old son and four-year-old daughter.
Speaking after sentencing, RSPCA inspector Steph Daly said: “This was an awful case of neglect.
“When I found Tia she was a bag of bones and was just lying there in a training cage in the front room with no water to drink and just an old t-shirt to lie on. She was surrounded by her hungry, whimpering pups and she was starved almost to death. It was a heartbreaking sight.
“I just hope that this sentence goes some way to educating people that caring for your animals properly is not only the right thing to do but that it is also a prosecutable offence to neglect them in this way”.
Sentencing: 12-month community order, including 150 hours unpaid work, ordered to pay £200 costs to the RSPCA, a £60 victim surcharge and £150 in court costs. Disqualified from owning any animals for a period of five years.