A MAN who allowed his pet dog to starve to death and “thwarted” attempts by RSPCA inspectors to save the animal has been sent to jail.
The English bull terrier, called Taz, died in misery in a filthy cellar of a house in Leeds after Peter Wood, 29, and Keiran Wade, 23, hid the animal from authorities.
The animal weighed just 12kg – less than half its expected body weight – and had ingested more than 50 inedible items as he was so desperate for food.
A post mortem showed Taz had swallowed part of a football and pieces of leather and plastic because he was so “ravenously hungry”.
Wood, of Stratford Terrace, Beeston, Leeds, was jailed for 23 weeks yesterday and disqualified from keeping a dog for 10 years after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.
District judge David Kitson said: “I have seen the photographs of the state of that animal, both immediately before he died and after he died.
“How an animal can be allowed to get into that condition is unbelievable. It is disgraceful.”
Prosecutor Andrew Davidson told Leeds Magistrates Court that Wood arranged for Taz to be moved to the home of his friend Keiran Wade when RSPCA inspectors called police.
The animal was found dead five weeks later in the cellar of a house on Trentham Grove, Beeston.
Wade, now of Garnet Road, Beeston, also pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.
He was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and told to do 180 hours unpaid work. He was also banned from keeping a dog for five years. Adrian Pollard, for Wood, said his client neglected the dog at a time when his mother had been diagnosed with cancer and Taz was no longer his main priority.
Clive Bergin, for Wade, said: “He accepts that he should have taken the dog straight to the vets. It was a sense of misguided loyalty to his friend.