The owner of five dogs – one he left the dead dog’s body to rot in his kitchen and neglected the other four dogs, has been sentenced to jail for 12 weeks and banned from keeping animals for ten years, following a court appearance at Bristol Magistrates Court on Monday.
David McKayle, 31, of Fishponds in Bristol, United Kingdom was found guilty of five counts of animal cruelty in violation of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. In addition, he was also found guilty of failing to investigate the cause of weight loss and poor body condition, failing to provide veterinary care for the badly infected eye of his French bulldog, Dairylea and properly caring for his other four bulldogs.
According to the Bristol Post, in December 2016, a concerned citizen called authorities after seeing a dog tethered in an outdoor shed amid rubbish and feces. When RSPCA inspectors arrived, they found four other dogs living in horrible conditions:
“Pluto was shut in the shed outside, Heidi was sadly lying dead on the kitchen floor, Lulu and Man were shut in the cupboard under the stairs, and Dairylea was locked in a cage in the house sat in her own excrement. It was horrific to see the four surviving dogs helplessly struggling in such horrendous conditions.”
One of the dogs, Dairylea was severely underweight with her ribs showing and had an untreated eye injury. The dogs, Pluto, Dairylea, Man and Lulu have all since been nursed back to health, recovered and have been adopted.
As to McKayle’ punishment, RSPCA Inspector Sarah Kenward stated she was pleased with the sentence and hopes this sends a message to others that owning a pet is a responsibility and not caring for them can lead to a prison sentence.
Rest in peace Heidi.
(Photos of dog’s body left to rot via RSPCA)
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