Rishton owner left dog to starve to death

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A DOG owner’s cruelty to an animal amounted to the ‘most despicable treatment’ seen by a magistrate.

An RSPCA inspector made the grim discovery of Staffordshire bull terrier Piggles’ maggot-infested body after her owner, Richard Heys, left her unattended for more than a month.

Heys, of Talbot Street, Rishton, allowed the pet to starve to death at a house he rented.

The landlord of the home alerted the RSPCA.

Tony Stock, prosecuting, said: “The inspector attended, having received a tel-ephone call, on behalf of the landlord, that a dead dog had been found inside the property. When she entered the property, she described it as being squalid, rubbish-cluttered and dog faeces all over the place. The inspector described it as a pitiful sight.

“There was a very strong, pungent smell.” Piggles was said to have a skeletal frame and was found dead, curled up on April 18, 2012.

Attempts were made to track down Heys, but he could not be traced until Sep-tember last year.

An RSCPA inspector said Heys’ remorse and regret about leaving the dog, which he expressed when questioned, were genuine.

Bolton Magistrates’ Court heard Heys, 37, had not planned to leave the home permanently, but had been involved in a crash en-route to visit a friend in Black- burn. Peter Leather, defending, said Heys’ motorbike had been struck by a car in a hit-and-run. He was not seriously injured, but rem-ained at his friend’s home and started drinking.

Heys’ father and grand-father died in 2011, and he suffered from severe depr-ession as a result.

His actions were said to be a combination of his ill health due to the crash, his depression, and his increas- ing intake of alcohol.

Heys, who lived in Sind-sley Grove, Great Lever, Bolton, when the incident happened, works full-time and lives with his partner.

Gillian Knowles, chair-man of the bench, said: ”I have never seen such despicable treatment of an animal.”

Heys admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dog. He was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to com- plete 200 hours of unpaid work, and pay court costs of £1,350. He was banned from owning animals for life. Ms Knowles gave him one week for his partner to rehome her two dogs.

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12:57pm Wed 8 Jan 14

rhodie110961 says...

Lock the man up and forget to feed him for a few weeks, that`ll teach the bas**rd.
Lock the man up and forget to feed him for a few weeks, that`ll teach the bas**rd. rhodie110961
  • Score: 30

3:23pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Casper's mum says...

"His actions were said to be a combination of his ill health due to the crash, his depression, and his increasing intake of alcohol. " These are valid reasons for his actions which lasted for more than a month though?????? He didn't think once think to ask someone to check on the dog, if he genuinely felt regret and remorse ?

"Ms Knowles gave him one week for his partner to rehome her two dogs. " If I were his partner, I'd not be rehoming my two dogs for this lowlife scumbag, I'd be dumping him.
"His actions were said to be a combination of his ill health due to the crash, his depression, and his increasing intake of alcohol. " These are valid reasons for his actions which lasted for more than a month though?????? He didn't think once think to ask someone to check on the dog, if he genuinely felt regret and remorse ? "Ms Knowles gave him one week for his partner to rehome her two dogs. " If I were his partner, I'd not be rehoming my two dogs for this lowlife scumbag, I'd be dumping him. Casper's mum
  • Score: 21

5:01pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Baudelaire says...

Should have shown the man's photo rather than the dogs.

If his partner stays with him after this then she's as bad as he is.
Should have shown the man's photo rather than the dogs. If his partner stays with him after this then she's as bad as he is. Baudelaire
  • Score: 15

5:40pm Wed 8 Jan 14

bigdee123 says...

another scum bag with a **** excuse.i agree, show his picture.
another scum bag with a **** excuse.i agree, show his picture. bigdee123
  • Score: 13

5:46pm Wed 8 Jan 14

ghost of sceptic says...

What an utter waste of human skin this low life is. What i find unbelievable is a RSPCA inspector says his remorse was genuine. What a weak shocking comment from the inspector, he should of been qouted as saying the exact opposite.
What an utter waste of human skin this low life is. What i find unbelievable is a RSPCA inspector says his remorse was genuine. What a weak shocking comment from the inspector, he should of been qouted as saying the exact opposite. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 13

6:36pm Wed 8 Jan 14

BIGGLESTOE says...

At least there is a positive in this sad story. The owner has a drink problem that will no doubt shorten his existence hopefully!
At least there is a positive in this sad story. The owner has a drink problem that will no doubt shorten his existence hopefully! BIGGLESTOE
  • Score: 12

6:54pm Wed 8 Jan 14

woodgreensue says...

Yet another pet owner with a feeble excuse, and of course its pure rocket science to either try and take the dog to a rehoming centre or at the very least, report the dog as abandoned to the RSPCA, oh sorry perhaps the phone call was too expensive, can,t have him spending precious drinking money on a phone call
Yet another pet owner with a feeble excuse, and of course its pure rocket science to either try and take the dog to a rehoming centre or at the very least, report the dog as abandoned to the RSPCA, oh sorry perhaps the phone call was too expensive, can,t have him spending precious drinking money on a phone call woodgreensue
  • Score: 10

6:27pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Benpupdog says...

LT should have shown Heys picture not the dogs.
LT should have shown Heys picture not the dogs. Benpupdog
  • Score: 2

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