Owner banned form keeping animals after admitting causing suffering to three dogs

Rocky had to be put down after he ate a corn on the cob husk.
Rocky had to be put down after he ate a corn on the cob husk.

A 42-year-old man from Northampton has been banned from keeping animals for five years after admitting four charges of causing unnecessary suffering to three dogs.

Mark Whitney, of Melbourne Walk, Northampton, pleaded guilty at Northampton Magistrates’ Court to charges of causing unnecessary suffering to Rocky and Tyson, both Rottweilers, and Eddie, a cavalier spaniel.

Ganita Patel, prosecuting, said the dogs had been left at a scrap metal business in Clare Street, The Mounts, and a RSPCA officer was called out to check on their condition.

Ms Patel said Rocky and Tyson were found to be in an emaciated state and Rocky was seen to collapse to the floor when he tried to walk.

The RSPCA officer then found Eddie in a separate room that was covered in urine and faeces.

The dogs were taken to the vets and Rocky’s body score was rated as one-and-a-half out of five by staff.

Ms Patel said: “His bones and hips were easily visible and he had severe conjunctivitis in both eyes.

“He was unable to stand and walk due to weakness in his legs.”

Rocky was put to sleep but the other two dogs, who had to be treated for fleas and worms, have made a full recovery and have been rehomed by the RSPCA.

The vet estimated that the dogs had been suffering for at least a week before they were found by the RSPCA officer on June 11 last year.

Whitney told the RSPCA that he had moved out of the address shortly before Christmas but went back to feed and water them on a “daily basis”.

He said he always fed them proper dog food.

Whitney was given a 12- month community order and he must complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

He must pay the RSPCA costs of £1,000 and victim surcharge of £60.