#TheList Owain Dinnick (DoB 07/03/1986), of Newport Road, Rumney in Cardiff – allowed crossbreed dog George to become emaciated
Dinnick pleaded guilty to an Animal Welfare Act offence at Cardiff and the Vale Magistrates Court on 10 May 2017. RSPCA Cymru investigated, after receiving reports of a dog being kept in a Cardiff flat, who appeared very hungry.
The dog was collected by a local authority dog warden in December 2016, at which time his ribs, spine and hips were visible, he was covered in urine, had sores on his front legs and scabs on his tail.
Speaking after the case, RSPCA inspector Selina Chan said: “This poor dog must have been so hungry, and been through such a difficult time. Bones were visible across his skin, and he had nasty sores and scabs on his coat.
“Sadly, the lack of action, care and attention from the owner caused the dog to suffer unnecessarily. His suffering could have been avoided had the owner acted responsibly.
“Owning a dog is a privilege, and this case is another example as to the necessary action the RSPCA will take when an animal is treated in this way.
“Fortunately, George gained weight and improved dramatically once in RSPCA care”.
Sentence: 80 hours of unpaid work over 12 months; total costs and charges of £802.20; disqualified from keeping dogs for 5 years (expires June 2023).
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