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Dog plight leads to owner's sentence
7:20am Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
A GRAYS man has narrowly avoided jail after he abandoned his dog in a garage, leaving it looking like “a living skeleton”.
Simon Liggins, 46, of Newnham Place, was given a suspended prison sentence after his brindle Staffordshire crossbreed female, called Scarlet, was found in his lock-up garage with bare patches on her coat and abrasive marks in several places on her body.
The RSPCA was notified by a neighbour as to the dog’s condition after it was seen unattended in the lock-up garage in Park Lane.
When police opened the unit Scarlet was found with no food or water in filthy conditions in a small space at the back.
The garage was also full of car parts and other scrap metal.
RSPCA inspector Lewis Taylor said: “Mr Liggins showed he was aware of the plight of Scarlet in relation to her weight and condition and general lack of welfare in being left isolated in that garage, but he did nothing to alleviate any of these problems.”
On Friday, September 20, at Basildon Magistrates’ Court, Liggins pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to meet the needs of an animal for which he was responsible and three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to that animal by failing to provide her with a ready supply of fresh drinking water, by failing to investigate and address the cause of her underweight condition and by failing to provide her with the proper and necessary veterinary care she needed.
He was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment for each charge, suspended for 12 months, ordered to pay £1,200 towards prosecution costs and an £80 victim surcharge, as well as sign Scarlet over to the RSPCA.
He was also banned from keeping animals for five years and not allowed to appeal that disqualification for five years.
Scarlet is now looking for a new home.
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