Published On: Fri, Jun 20th, 2014 on 3:28 pm

West Yorkshire shamed as animal welfare offence hotspot

West Yorkshire Animal Cruelty

Lenny (pictured) was dug up by inspectors. Other photos were too graphic to share

West Yorkshire has come out one of the worst across England and Wales for the number of people convicted of animal welfare offences.

According to the RSPCA and its recently published annual cruelty statistics for 2013, 126 people were convicted of offences in West Yorkshire after the RSPCA brought prosecutions.

Durham followed in second place with 100 convictions, and West Midlands came third with 90. Essex showed the least number of people convicted with 39.

Across the North of England in general, the number of convictions was up 6.6% at 566 compared to 531 in 2012.

One case shared by the RSCPA was that of a one-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier named Lenny, which was starved to death in a dog crate and was buried by the owners.

A man and woman from Halifax were jailed for 18 weeks and banned from keeping animals for life after pleading guilty to three offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

RSPCA inspector, Charlotte Booker, recounted: “This was a very harrowing case to deal with and I think the memory of it will stay with me forever. I dug this dog’s emaciated body up.

“He weighed just 10kg, half his ideal weight and his feet were stained yellow from urine. The owners had dog food in the house, but they hadn’t fed him. They told me he hadn’t been out of the cage he was living in for four weeks before he died. They had cats, bearded dragons and tropical fish which were all being fed.”

Magistrates heard that Lenny had been living in a cage in a bedroom at the couple’s home and that they had stopped feeding him because when they tried to put food in the cage he would bite them.

They hadn’t sought help because they said they had no credit on their phones.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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