#TheList Marc Evan Roderick John, born 04/06/1973, of Market Street, Haverfordwest SA61 1NF – failed to treat his dog’s infection and weight loss
Marc John was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog between November 6 and December 18, 2018.
RSPCA prosecutor Nick Devonald said the dog known as Tyson was found to be ‘extremely thin’ when examined by a vet, with a body score of just one out of five, and a large infected ulcerated tumour on his cheek.
Tyson had to be euthanised due to his condition days later, and it was estimated to have taken six to eight weeks for the dog to reach such poor condition.
Mr Devonald said: “The dog was clearly emaciated with an obvious swelling to its cheek and hair-loss near his tail.”
When interviewed John stated Tyson was his ex-partner’s animal, and had not been there when he returned to pick up his belongings.
He said he had fed the dog, who would improve then lose condition again, wormed him and provided a flea collar.
The court heard that Tyson had been in John’s care for around five years before he was found roaming in a road at Haverfordwest and taken to a vet.
Mr Devonald added that the neglect had been prolonged as he handed magistrates pictures of his injury.
Mike Kelleher, defending, said John and his ex-partner needed to move out of their former home quickly following their break-up and he found one dog but no sign of Tyson when he returned to collect his things.
Mr Kelleher said: “For the dog’s last days he did not have control of it and fully believed that his ex-partner had taken him and was looking after him in the normal way.”
He added: “Had the split-up not happened, he assures me in no way would Tyson had been left, and he would have taken him to the vet if he had seen the state he was in.”
The court heard that John had signed over ownership of the second dog to a person who lived in the same property as him.
Sentencing: 12 weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months; 300 hours of unpaid work. £715 in costs and a surcharge. Banned from keeping animals for five years.