A Swansea Valley man has been found guilty for mistreating his golden retriever.

David Llwellyn Williams (d.o.b 18/03/1965) of Glantwrch, Ystalyfera, appeared at Swansea Magistrate’s Court on Monday (13 January) and was found guilty by the District Judge of one offence under the Animal Welfare Act.

Tessa - Swansea Mags case Jan20This being that he failed to prevent his dog – Tessa – from pain, suffering and injury, which was an act that fell below the standard of care required by good practice.

Williams, who was sentenced today (14 January), was ordered to pay a £1,000 costs, an £80 surcharge, disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years and given an eight week curfew between 9pm to 6am each day.

The court also ordered the deprivation of Tessa – along with his other dog Daisy, a jack russell, who will be rehomed by the RSPCA.

The court heard that the RSPCA had received numerous calls that Williams had been seen to mistreat and allegedly ‘beat’ his young golden retriever – named Tessa – on several occasions from April 2018 until June 2019.

A vet – who had read some of the witness statements and viewed the evidence – advised for his two dogs to be removed from his care and were subsequently taken into police possession and handed over to the RSPCA.

RSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper, following the hearing, said: “We received a number of calls from members of the public who had expressed concern of his treatment of his dog Tessa.

“We then received crucial evidence of Mr Williams who was witnessed hitting the dog at a bus stop, where the dog hit her head on the pavement as a result.”

Inspector Cooper added: “We’d very much like to thank those who made the reports to us and also to the witness helping us provide evidence on his mistreatment to his dog Tessa, who is such a lovely dog – along with Daisy – who now will be made available for rehoming.”