A man from Warrington has been convicted of five animal welfare offences after allowing two dogs to starve. One of the dogs, a female Doberman called ‘Kiezer’, had to be put to sleep on veterinary advice to end her suffering.
Karl Davies (D.O.B 26.09.65) of Lilford Avenue failed to attend Wigan Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (23 February). He was found guilty in his absence of five offences – two of causing unnecessary suffering to Kiezer by failing to investigate her poor body condition and failing to get her veterinary care and three of failing to meet her needs and those of a Staffy dog called ‘Jagger’ by not providing fresh drinking water and a suitable environment.
RSPCA inspector Victoria Hancox said: “He had two dogs and essentially moved out the property and left them.
“The conditions inside were disgusting. There was rubbish and piles of dog mess everywhere.
“There was no food or water for the dogs. If we hadn’t been called by a worried member of the public both those dogs could have starved to death.”
The dogs were seized by police on veterinary advice in August last year, and placed in RSPCA care.
They were taken to the vets where they were both deemed to be very underweight with Kiezer having a body score of just 1 out of 9. She also had two terrible pressure sores on her back end.
Inspector Hancox said: “The pressure sores were the worst I’ve seen. Her bones were poking through her skin, it must have been so painful for her.
“She was treated at the vets and placed into a foster home where she was given the love and attention she deserved.
“She had started to put on weight and things were looking good but sadly she suffered a relapse and couldn’t recover. The vet decided the kindest thing was to put her to sleep.
“Thankfully Jagger recovered well and has been rehomed to a lovely new family.”
Inspector Hancox added: “There is absolutely no doubt that these two dogs suffered and I’m pleased that justice has been done.”
A warrant was issued for Davies’ arrest and he will be sentenced when he next appears in court.