#TheList Michael Lee Wayne Holland, born 05/10/1989, of 43 Outer Circle, Taunton TA1 2BS – left dog to suffer with ulcerated and infected tumours
Holland pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his female Staffordshire bull terrier Sky.
A concerned member of the public had contacted the RSPCA to report Holland, who was prosecuted by the animal charity under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
RSPCA inspector Marie Griffiths visited Holland’s home to investigate the complaint relating to the offence between June 8 and September 10, 2019.
She said: “This was the serious neglect of a dog who was clearly in urgent need of veterinary attention.
“The pictures of the tumour are very graphic and show the condition of Sky when I arrived.
“She had two large infected necrotic masses on her right shoulder extending to her neck area, including one which was 12cm in diameter.
“The masses were seeping pus and fresh blood and the area was starting to split due to the pressure and the smell was positively overwhelming.
“Sadly, Sky was put to sleep on veterinary advice that day to prevent any further suffering.”
Sentencing: 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months; ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and to pay a total of £415. Banned from keeping dogs for five years.