CHICKENS so thin you could see their bones, and a starving rabbit and pig put to sleep to end their suffering.
The RSPCA has highlighted a case of shocking animal cruelty so bad it saw two Leeds men banned from keeping pigs, rabbits and poultry for 10-years.
Inspectors were called to the allotments in January 2013, when they founf dead and dying poultry as well as pigs and rabbits left starving.
RSPCA inspector Rachel Opyrsk said: “It was winter, freezing cold and there was snow on the ground. I got to the allotments at around 3pm and it was already starting to get dark. As I looked over the animals in the sheds, my heart sank. It just got worse and worse. There were dead and emaciated chickens that were so thin you could feel every bone. When I opened the door to one of the sheds the chickens threw themselves at me, trying get out. They were starving.
“I found a rabbit that was at death’s door, and it was taken to the vets where it was put straight to sleep to end its suffering. All the other rabbits were emaciated. There were two pigs, both also skinny. Unfortunately one of them had to be put to sleep the following day.”
All the animals were removed and signed over the RSPCA. The two men, aged 41 and 52, pleaded guilty to four allegations each at Leeds Magistrates Court in March 2014. As well as the animal ban, they were sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work, £500 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
The charity also highlighted the sickening case of a pregnant horse that died after a tethering injury caused her to contract septicaemia from a gaping wound on her neck.
The owner of the horse was given a 12-week suspended jail sentence by Bradford magistrates.