A Swansea man has been banned from keeping any animals for 10 years after his English Mastiff dog Hercules was found to be emaciated and suffering from a flea infestation.
Bradley Powers from Penlan, appeared at Swansea Magistrates' Court in September and pleaded guilty to offences under the Animal Welfare Act including causing unnecessary suffering by failing to investigate and address the causes of the poor bodily condition and weight loss and failing to provide proper and effective flea control.
RSPCA inspector Leigh Summers visited the property in November last year and was shocked to see the condition that Hercules was in.
Powers was sentenced by magistrates to 12 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years, banned from keeping all animals for 10 years, a 10 day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and ordered to pay costs of £300 and £115 victim surcharge.
RSPCA inspector Summers said: "When we arrived at the property we found Hercules to be extremely skinny in one of the worst cases of neglect I have ever seen as an inspector - you could see nearly every bone in his body. As well as not treating him for his weight loss, Hercules also had to suffer with a flea infestation, something which is easily preventable."
Sadly, on the advice of an independent vet, Hercules was put to sleep to prevent any further suffering.
"Although his owner has now been convicted and has been banned from keeping animals, his actions meant that Hercules lost his life and was not able to get the second chance he deserved," added inspector Summers.