Two men have been jailed for 16 weeks each for their treatment of a large number of domestic fowl, with birds found by RSPCA Cymru in filthy conditions at a Gilfach Goch allotment.
Chase Alan English (d.o.b 17/08/1986), of Gelliarael Road, Gilfach Goch, Porth, and Dean Evans (d.o.b 09/07/1980), of Kenry Street, Gilfach Goch, Porth, both pleaded guilty to three Animal Welfare Act offences concerning the birds.
They have been banned indefinitely from keeping domestic fowl. English and Evans were each also told to pay a £115 victim surcharge.
RSPCA Cymru attended a Gilfach Goch allotment to find birds kept in deeply inappropriate conditions, and many appearing very hungry.
The animals involved were the responsibility of both men, as part of an agreement reached concerning the stocking of an allotment they were jointly responsible for.
It is believed the men failed to communicate effectively who would provide day-to-day care care for the fowl, which led to “shocking levels” of neglect.
A number of birds which were not subject to this investigation were found dead at the allotment but were not viable for post-mortem examination. Three dead birds, however, were taken for post-mortem and formed part of the case, while a further bird sadly died in veterinary care.
The men admitted causing unnecessary suffering to 17 domestic fowls, by failing to ensure they had a nutritionally balanced diet.
English and Evans also pleaded guilty to failing to meet the needs of 20 domestic fowls, including a failure to provide a suitable environment, and a suitable diet.
RSPCA inspector Simon Evans said: “These poor domestic fowl were left in hugely inappropriate conditions, and subjected to shocking levels of neglect.
“Animals should not be kept in an allotment-setting unless they can be provided with appropriate levels of care and a suitable environment – yet the two men in this case failed spectacularly to do this.
“Owning animals is a privilege – but these two men failed to effectively communicate who was providing these birds with the day-to-day care they so desperately needed.
“Thankfully, we have been able to secure the future wellbeing of the birds that were still alive as part of this case, with them all signed over into RSPCA care and re-homed.
“Both men have been banned indefinitely from keeping domestic fowl, and will serve a prison sentence due to their appalling treatment of animals.”