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Case ID: 17893
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Sep 1, 2010


Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Jonathan Carter

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 10 charges of causing unnecessary suffering and four of failing to meet the animals' welfare needs when he appeared before Spalding magistrates on Wednesday.

The charges related to eight dogs discovered by the police and RSPCA inspectors during a visit to 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 only had hard plastic beds without bedding, the floors of the kennels were "packed" with feces, and they had no form of mental stimulation.

A dead dog was found in a kennel and nearby there were two plastic bin liners containing the decomposed bodies of another two dogs.

A further body was found in a bag outside.

A vet was called to examine the animals and made the order to confiscate them. They are now recovering.

Mr Brickles said 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 described Carter as an "experienced and professional" dog owner and said that he had 28 years of experience in breeding and showing dogs.

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

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