Dogs locked in crates ‘caked in faeces’ with ‘no food or water’ by cruel owners
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Heartless dog owners who left four puppies with no water and "caked in faeces" have been banned dragged to court by the RSPCS and banned from keeping pets for two years.
French bulldogs Millie, Marcello, Maisie and an unnamed white coloured pup were found by RSPCA Inspector Lisa Lupson, to be kept in training crates with no access to water, bedding, and empty upturned food bowls.
Inspector Lupson repeatedly asked the pups owners Ryan McNulty, 29, and Sarah Ann Jordan, 26, of Selbourne Close in Woodchurch, Wirral to see the pets but was refused.
But Inspector Lupson's concerns came to a head when she returned with police to rescue the neglected pups, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Once freed from training cages she said the animals were "incredibly smelly, greasy and caked in faeces" and immediately ran outside desperate and started to drink rainwater collected in a container.
Inspector Lupson told Liverpool Magistrates' Court: "It was like they had never seen water in their lives before. They were obviously incredibly thirsty and I was shocked by how eagerly they drank over what seemed to be a long amount of time."
Both owners admitted one charge of failing to meet the needs of their four French bulldogs.
The court heard the pups had visible ribs showing when they were rescued and taken to the safety of charity’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital.
A vet who examined the four dogs stated she felt they were likely to experience suffering if their circumstances did not change due to the conditions of their environment.
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The vet's report concluded: "The owners of these four dogs failed to meet their needs and this may have caused them to experience significant distress and a poor quality of life”.
Liverpool Magistrates' Court banned the pair from keeping any animals for two years.
McNulty was also sentenced to an 18-month community order involving 30 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days and 200 hours of unpaid work.
Jordan was sentenced to a 12-month community order, including 10 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days, and fined £100. Both were ordered to pay £250 court costs each.
Since their rescue by the RSPCA the dogs are said to have made good recoveries from their ordeal.
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