#TheList Bradley Powers, born c. 1965, of Heol Frank, Penlan, Swansea – failed to take his severely underweight and flea-infested dog to the vet
Bradley Powers, real name Adam Williamson and originally from Southend on Sea, was banned from keeping animals for 10 years after his English Mastiff, known as Hercules, was found to be horribly emaciated and suffering from a flea infestation.
The dog was in such a poor state that he had to be destroyed by vets to prevent any further suffering.
Powers admitted causing unnecessary suffering to his pet at Swansea Magistrates’ Court.
RSPCA said inspector Leigh Summers visited Powers’ home in November 2016 to find an “extremely skinny” Hercules with a flea infestation.
Insp Summers said it was one of the “worst cases of neglect I have ever seen as an inspector – you could see nearly every bone in his body”.
Insp Summers added: “As well as not treating him for his weight loss, Hercules also had to suffer with a flea infestation, something which is easily preventable.”
She added: “Although his owner has now been convicted and has been banned from keeping animals, his actions meant that Hercules lost his life and was not able to get the second chance he deserved.”
Sentencing: 12-week prison sentence, suspended for two years. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years (expires April 2027).