A man has been jailed for 10 weeks and banned from keeping animals for life after leaving his pet English bull terrier with a untreated tumour hanging off its bottom jaw.
RSPCA inspector Boris Lasserre, who was called to Victor Stokes’ home in Birmingham, said: “The stench of rotting flesh from the untreated tumour hit you as soon as you walked into the house, and the hallway stank of urine and faeces from where Lenny [the dog] had been confined.”
Convicted and sentenced
Lenny weighed just 12.7kg – half what an adult male dog of this breed should weigh – and was rushed to an independent vet, but had to be euthanised to end his suffering.
Stokes, 54, Devon Road, Rubery, Birmingham, was convicted and sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court for causing unnecessary suffering to the animal by failing to seek treatment for the tumour and weight loss, as well as failing to provide a suitable environment for the dog.
Insp Lasserre said: “The x-rays showed how part of Lenny’s lower jawbone had been disintegrated by this huge, invasive tumour. Lenny was in an awful condition and was severely dehydrated.
“He had ulcers and wounds on his legs and chest from where he’d been lying in unsuitable conditions.”
He added: “Stokes explained to the court he had not taken the dog to a vet because he knew Lenny would be euthanised and could not bring himself to do it.”