A DOG breeder and show judge has been jailed for eight weeks and banned from keeping dogs for 20 years after his kennels were found to be in an “abhorrent and shocking” condition.
Eight dogs belonging to Jonathan Carter (54), of The Fen, Baston, were found to be malnourished and kept in kennels which were full of faeces and urine.
Carter appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to be sentenced after pleading guilty to ten charges of causing unnecessary suffering and four of failing to meet the needs of the dogs at an earlier hearing.
Prosecutor Beris Brickles told how RSPCA officers visited Carter’s home on September 21 and found kennels were obscured from view by a wooden fence, away from another block which was used as a boarding kennels for the public.
Mr Brickles told the court the dogs were “thin, emaciated and had hip and spine bones protruding.”
He said one dog was found dead in a basket and two other rotting corpses were found in black bags and video evidence of the kennels was shown to the court.
Eight dogs, which included pointers, a Dalmatian and a corgi, were signed over to the RSPCA and treated without needing surgery. They will now be placed for rehoming.
Solicitor Rebecca Keogh, defending, said Carter had co-operated with the RSPCA and made no excuses.
She said he was financially “out of his depth” for the number of animals he was caring for and he had had difficulties for six to eight weeks.
He could not pay for vet bills and hoped to deal with the problems himself.
Carter was “ashamed” of what had happened, she said. Another 22 dogs in his care had since been voluntarily rehomed.
Miss Keogh said the Carter family had suffered as a result of the case, with Mrs Carter being pushed to the ground in one incident in Market Deeping.
Presiding magistrate Ian McDonnell told Carter there was no other appropriate way of dealing with him than prison.
“We did find the video quite abhorrent and shocking in the state these animals were confined in during the course of the day,” he said.
He was sentenced to eight weeks in prison for each of the 14 charges, which will run concurrently.
After the hearing RSPCA inspector Andy Bostock said: “I hope this highlights that it is not acceptable to let animals suffer.
“What makes it more disappointing in this case is the fact that Mr Carter was an experienced dog keeper, breeder and judge and must have known what was taking place was wrong.”