Dog owner jailed for six months for leaving pets in squalid and dirty conditions

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    A MAN has been jailed for six months and banned from keeping pets for life after being found guilty of a string of animal welfare offences.

    Peter Hamilton-Smith, 65, was already banned from keeping animals when the latest allegations involving the welfare of eight dogs were uncovered when police were called to his home.

    Hamilton-Smith was banned from keeping animals for five years in May 2012 after an RSPCA prosecution resulted in him being found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a female Akita called ‘Crystal’ by failing to address the causes of her poor bodily condition and the dog was put to sleep.

    Just months later in July, the RSPCA were called by the police and found five adult dogs and three puppies living in dirty and squalid conditions at his home.

    The adult dogs all had ear mites and the puppies were underweight and had worms.

    RSPCA inspector Kaye Smith said: “These dogs were in a terrible state. One of the adult dogs, the mother, and her three puppies were a real worry and were hospitalised overnight at the vets for observation.”

    Read more: http://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/crime/dog-owner-jailed-for-six-months-for-leaving-pets-in-squalid-and-dirty-conditions-1-5808077

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