#TheList Iain Duncan Cockley-Adams, born August 1960, of Croghan Hill Farm, Sevenhampton, Cheltenham GL54 5SL – left two dogs for eight hours in a horsebox in 29C temperatures; one dog died
Iain Cockley-Adams, a manager with Gloucestershire Care Services NHS, was convicted of cruelty after leaving his two collie-cross dogs in the back of his vehicle while his wife competed in a riding event.
Cockley-Adams left two dogs in a horsebox at the event in Euston on a hot day in June 2017. He said he’d left them with four bowls of water and checked on them twice.
But temperatures outside had reached 29C and the court heard the horsebox felt as hot as an oven when opened.
Labrador-collie cross Wade was found collapsed and was put down.
Miraculously his brother Dec survived.
Prosecutor Hazel Stevens argued that Cockley-Adams failed to check the pets often enough.
She said: “No one is suggesting this was deliberate, but it was careless.
An RSPCA spokesman blasted the “avoidable” death, adding: “We hope that this case sends out a clear message that leaving a dog in a hot vehicle, will not be tolerated by the courts.”
Sentencing: fined £1,750, and ordered to pay £1582.23 in court costs. Banned from keeping another dog for three years, but magistrates did not order the seizure of Dec.