A South Wales man has been jailed for eight weeks, after the serious neglect of four dogs.
Matthew Kensole Stoneman (d.o.b 04/01/1988), now of Aberfan Fawr, Aberfan, was found guilty of three Animal Welfare Act offences, after his four dogs were found in a dirty kennel full of urine and faeces in October 2017.
Stoneman, 30, had been evicted from the Bedw Road property in Bedlinog some weeks previously, and had been keeping the dogs at his old house whilst he was building his new kennels. However, an RSPCA officer says his treatment of the dogs fell “woefully short” of required standards.
One of the dogs – Tramp – had large, open infected wounds on the leg and ear, which – given a failure to arrange veterinary care – had caused the male lurcher to suffer unnecessarily.
The man had failed to provide each of the dogs – Tramp, Bob, Maggie and Brandy – with a suitable environment, while lurcher Maggie was also found not to be in appropriate body condition.
At Merthyr Magistrates’ Court today (12 October), he was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment, to run concurrently with another Crown Prosecution Service sentence. Stoneman was also given a five-year ban on keeping all animals. He was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.
He had pleaded not guilty to the offences, and had not attended a previous trial date.
All four dogs have been in the care of the RSPCA, and will now go forward for re-homing out of the charity’s Newport Animal Centre.
RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels said: “The conditions Tramp, Bob, Maggie and Brandy had been left in was hugely inappropriate.
“Their kennels were packed with urine and faeces, and one of the dogs had nasty wounds to the leg and ear which led to suffering.
“Owning animals is a privilege – and the treatment of these animals clearly shows that, in this case, that privilege has been neglected. The care offered fell woefully short.
“Fortunately, we were able to rescue the four dogs, all of whom have been in our care for some while. We’ll now work hard to find loving new homes for these dogs, and a second chance of happiness.”