Dog cruelty man convicted

By on 04/05/2011 in News

 A Birmingham man was today found guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court of cruelty to animals after failing to provide his emancipated pet dog with a suitable diet.

 Rommel Griffith, aged 20 and formerly of Flaxley Road, Stechford, pleaded guilty to causing suffering to the dog under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

 In June last year Birmingham City Council's, Animal Welfare Officers were alerted to the plight of the dog by concerned neighbours. The officers discovered a Mastiff type dog in filthy conditions in a house with no food or water available.

 The dog called 'Kelly' was in a very emaciated condition and was seized by officers and taken to a vet for examination and treatment.

 Griffith eventually signed over ownership of the dog and it was re-homed.

 Griffith was sentenced a 12 month community service order of 140 hours unpaid work, ordered to pay costs totalling £500  and banned from keeping dogs for 10 year .

 Birmingham City Council's Head of Environmental Health, Jenny Millward said “I am pleased that our officers were able to take action to rescue this poor dog from its ordeal and as a result find it a new home.

 “The resulting sentence proves the courts clearly consider animal cruelty an important issue and working alongside the City Council will take a very proactive approach in seeking to act upon any cases which are brought to our attention.”


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