A man has been disqualified from keeping all animals for five years after he kept his two dogs confined in a metal cage in a garden shed.
Jordan Barnard, 33 from Wycliffe End, Aylesbury was sentenced at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court after previously pleading guilty to failing to provide his two dogs, a Staffordshire bull terrier cross called Lady and a French mastiff cross called Blaze, with a suitable environment.
The RSPCA visited the address in Aylesbury after receiving calls about the welfare of the dogs. Despite offering the man advice on numerous occasions as to how to improve conditions for his dogs no changes had been made when we returned. Lady and Blaze were found in a metal cage kept in a dark garden shed with no ventilation.
RSPCA inspector Jamie Godfrey said: “These dogs were kept in inadequate conditions for too long.
“They were found squashed in a metal cage in a dark shed, with no natural daylight and very little comfort. It was a miserable existence and no way for an animal to live.
“If you decide to take animals on then you must be able to meet their needs and provide them with the kind of life they deserve.”
Barnard was sentenced to a community order, including 100 hours unpaid work, received a curfew order as well as being disqualified from owning any animals for a period of five years.
A deprivation order was made in respect of Lady and Blaze who will remain in RSPCA care until the 21 day appeal period has lapsed. It is then hoped that they will be able to be rehomed.