A man from Boston, Lincolnshire has been jailed and disqualified from keeping animals for ten years after being convicted of allowing his cat to suffer.
‘Dobby’ – a 13-year-old ginger neutered male cat with three legs – was found collapsed and emaciated in a garden on Revesby Avenue on 14 August last year. His stomach was swollen ‘like a water balloon’ and he had broken teeth, infected gums and was infested with fleas. Post mortem examination found he had cancer and his stomach contained 600ml of fluid.
Owner Jason Charnley (D.O.B 11.10.72) – who also uses the name Jay Maddy – of Frampton Place appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Monday (12 February) for sentencing after being convicted of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering* in his absence last month.
RSPCA inspector Becky Harper said: “We went out to collect poor Dobby after he was found in someone’s garden and, as he wasn’t wearing a collar or microchipped, put up a lost and found poster asking anyone who might be missing him to call us.
“He was taken straight to a vets where after examination he was put to sleep, such was the extent of his suffering.
“We thought he must be either unowned or a long-term missing-from-home, given the state of him, so it was a surprise when his owner got in touch later that day and said they had last seen him that morning and he rarely left the garden.
“It would have been obvious to anyone that Dobby was suffering. He was skin and bones and his stomach was swollen like a water balloon.”
Charnley was sentenced to 12 weeks custody; a 12 month supervision order; ordered to pay £500 costs and a £115 victim surcharge. He was disqualified from keeping all animals for ten years and deprived of any other animals in his care.
*Charnley was convicted of, between 14 July and 14 August 2017, causing unnecessary suffering to Dobby by (1.) failing to explore and address his deteriorating physical condition and (2.) failing to explore and address his chronic dental disease contrary to the Animal Welfare Act 2006.