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.

“The stench of rotting flesh from the untreated tumour hit you as soon as you walked into the house,” said RSPCA inspector Boris Lasserre.

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.

Huge tumour

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.”

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2 months 12 days ago
What can anyone say, my heart hurts for Lenny and I am glad that there is no more pain for him but only because he’s dead, he shouldn’t be dead though, should he? The man who made him suffer should be, but instead he got 10 weeks, 10 bloody weeks for doing that and who will make sure that he never keeps animals again? No one! How is it that someone who treats a child that way will get the (perhaps) appropriate sentence but if anyone does it to an animal they get an almost laughable sentence, if at all!… Read more »
Lorraine Rowarth
Lorraine Rowarth
2 months 11 days ago

This is just terrible to read about this animal how could u look at the poor animal every day an see this tumor an not think he needs to see a vet….what mentality of the onwer is nil… all i see every day on social media is animals being ill-treated…. wake up animals feel pain an need love just like us…. am discusted 😠

2 months 11 days ago

so what happened to the dog. Could he be saved. A story with no end.

Vet Times
2 months 9 days ago

As stated in paragraph 3, Lenny “was rushed to an independent vet, but had to be euthanised to end his suffering.”

Janice Denham
Janice Denham
2 months 10 days ago

This is awful! If the owner had taken the dog to the vet when this thing first started growing, it probably could have been removed with no fear of euthanization. (sp?) But to let this poor dog suffer to this point, the owner should have gotten more than 10 days! And I’m glad he’s been banned from owning other animals for life! If he can’t be a responsible pet owner, he has not business being one at all!

2 months 9 days ago

this is why peopleneed to fight for stricter rules. not punishing those guilty for current status quo of our laws. nothing will change. the mistakes will repeat. but people will think twice over getting a pet if the responsibility of it reflects how heavy neglect can lead to punishmentunder the law.


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