Eastville man banned from owning animals after starved dog needed urgent treatment
AN EASTVILLE man has been banned from keeping animals for ten years after his "emaciated" dog had to be rushed to a vet for treatment.
Liam Antonio Orchard, of Juniper Court, was sentenced at Bristol Magistrates’ Court in April after he admitted causing unnecessary suffering to his Staffordshire bull terrier dog, Spot.
The RSPCA, which prosecuted 29-year-old Orchard, said members of the public contacted the animal welfare charity after becoming concerned for the dog's welfare.
Orchard at first refused offers of help but after a second visit to his home he was convinced to allow Spot, who was described as "emaciated", to be rushed to a vet.
RSPCA inspector Kim Walters said: “He was in very poor bodily condition – all his ribs, spine, pelvis and bony prominences were very evident, and his skull appeared very sunken.”
She described Spot as being “unsteady” and said he “appeared weak and lethargic climbing the steps” before she rushed him for a veterinary examination.
Spot was found to have clumps of faeces attached to his nails and a dirty coat, and "ate readily" when given wet dog food.
He weighed 10.5kg (1st 9lb) when he was rescued but the RSPCA said he "quickly recovered" while in its care and will now be found a new home.
The court heard Orchard had been suffering from anxiety, had not acted with malicious intent and his behaviour was out of character. The dog had "struggled to eat" following the death of Orchard's father.
As well as the ban Orchard was given an 18-month community order and must pay £400 in costs.
Inspector Walters said: "Owning an animal is a privilege – and ensuring appropriate care is a key part of the responsibility we have towards our pets.
"It’s so sad that, in this instance, that responsibility was not met and Spot was left to suffer."