Man banned from keeping animals
A man has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years, after an akita dog was found dead underneath a trampoline, with another described as a "bag of bones" by an RSPCA inspector.
Nathan Lee Fisher admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the two akita dogs, named Layla and Kuma, at Llandudno Magistrates Courts on 28 March.
RSPCA Cymru's involvement was enlisted after North Wales Police attended the Roseview Crescent property, finding a dead dog in the back garden underneath a trampoline.
Another dog - the mother of the dead akita - was also found at the house in North Wales. She was so skinny that bones were clearly visible through her coat.
The dogs suffered unnecessarily due to a failure to adequately explore and address their weight loss. As a result of the way the two dogs were treated, Mr Fisher will not be allowed to keep any animal for a decade.
Mr Fisher was also given 12-week suspended prison sentences for the two charges, to run concurrently. They were suspended for an 18-month period.
He was given a 12-month community order, a 9-month alcohol treatment order and told to undertake 180 hours of community work. The 24-year-old man was also fined £750, and ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.
Another individual living at the Kinmel Bay property was given a caution.
RSPCA inspector Phil Lewis said: "These poor akita dogs were subject to outright neglect and ill-treatment, which cost one of the dogs their life.
"Fortunately, the other has been happily re-homed from an RSPCA Animal Centre. When she was found at the Kinmel Bay property, she looked an absolute bag of bones but thankfully her suffering is over.
"People have very clear and important legal responsibilities towards their dogs, and there was an outright failure in this case to deal with shocking levels of weight loss, and to provide the dogs with food and necessary care.
"As the Animal Welfare Act marks its tenth anniversary in Wales, this case is another example of the RSPCA taking necessary action to protect animals."