#TheList Graham Lane, born 01/10/1981, of Grasswood Road, Birkenhead, Wirral CH4 9NZ- neglected and starved a dog who was handed into the RSPCA as a stray
In September 2017 a young Staffy known as Badger was handed into the RSPCA’s Wirral branch in a terrible state.
Weighing just 12.5kg, the dog was emaciated and near collapse from starvation. He had overgrown claws and painful pressure sores from being forced to lie on a hard surface with no bedding.
An appeal went out to trace the skeletal dog’s owner and this led to local man Graham Lane being arrested and charged with animal cruelty. Lane was initially investigated for sexually abusing the dog but, as far as we can see, was never prosecuted for this.
Although no details of the prosecution case were ever published in the newspapers we understand that Graham Lane was convicted and given a 10-year ban on keeping all animals. This will expire in late 2027.
After six weeks of care by RSPCA staff and volunteers, Badger was given a clean bill of health and rehomed.