A man has pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to animals after a dead Jack Russell was found in his house. A second dog was found eating its companion’s remains.
A man has pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to animals after a dead Jack Russell was found in his house. A second Jack Russell had managed to stay alive through eating its companion’s remains.
The two dogs, called Nala and Simba, had been under the care of Shane Potts, 29, at his house on Buxton Road, Furness Vale in Derbyshire.
On Tuesday (July 31, 2012), Potts pleaded guilty to:
- causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs by failing to provide proper and necessary care and supervision, which resulted in the death of Nala and the dehydration and emaciation of Simba; and
- causing unnecessary suffering by failing to provide an adequate diet for the dogs, including the provision of fresh drinking water.
The dogs were discovered by RSPCA inspector Lorna Campbell on March 1, 2012, after a call from a member of the public.
“When I saw Simba at the window it was obvious he was emaciated and when I looked in I saw what I thought was a toy he’d chewed up. It took a moment before I realised the full horror of what it actually was, the remains of Nala. It was devastating.”
The RSPCA had previously offered advice to Potts in July 2011 as it was evident he was struggling with his pets. The charity gave him neutering vouchers and rehomed a third dog.
Potts had been staying with his mother in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, and had not visited the Buxton Road property for more than four weeks by the time the dogs were found.
Inspector Campbell said: “That Simba survived is a miracle. When police gained access he raced past us to a bowl of dirty water in the garden with cigarette butts in it and tried to drink from it.
“Tragically, there was a bag of dog biscuits on the worktop which it looked as though the dogs had been trying to reach, but it was just too high.”
Potts’ solicitor told the court he was finding it difficult to manage his responsibilities and had moved in with his mother to help. Sentencing was adjourned until August 21, 2012.