Dead dogs left in kennels while others suffered

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AN “EXPERIENCED and professional” dog owner left dead animals in kennels at his home while others suffered without food and in horrible conditions.

Jonathan Carter (64), of The Fen, Baston, admitted ten charges of causing unneccesary suffering and four of failing to meet the animals’ welfare needs when he appeared before Spalding magistrates on Wednesday.

The charges relate to eight dogs discovered by the police and RSPCA inspectors during a visit to Mr Carter’s licensed kennels last September.

Beris Brickles, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said they were met by a strong smell of ammonia from excrement and urine in the kennels and found a number of very thin dogs with protruding ribs and spines.

Some of the dogs, mostly Pointers, had open sores, none had access to food and many only had access to dirty water to drink.

Most of the dogs there only had hard plastic beds without bedding, the floors of their kennels were “packed” with faeces, and they had no form of mental stimulation.

One dog had a serious ear infection and another had a dental problem, both of which were suffering as a result.

One kennel contained a plastic bed containing a dead dog and nearby there were two plastic bin liners containing the decomposed bodies of another two dogs.

A bag containing a further decaying body was found outside.

A vet was called to examine the animals and made the order to confiscate them. They are now recovering and it is hoped they can be rehomed.

Mr Brickles also told the court that Mr Carter provided boarding kennels for a number of dogs owned by others and although an order to improve the conditions in which they were kept was issued no further action was necessary.

He said Mr Carter had co-operated with the investigation, accepting the vet’s evidence.

He described Mr Carter as an “experienced and professional” dog owner and added: “Mr Carter had 28 years’ experience of breeding and showing dogs and he was aware that the Pointers had been underweight for six to eight weeks but thought his experience would bring them round to their correct weight.

“He accepts that the level of cleanliness was not good.”

Magistrates adjourned the case until June 14 for a pre-sentence report.