A man who forced his dogs to live chained up outside without proper shelter or enough water has been banned from owning or keeping animals for five years.
John Henry Lilywhite, 26, of Lauser Road, Stanwell, and formerly of Humber Way, Slough, was sentenced at Reading Magistrates’ Court on April 15 after admitting failing to ensure the welfare of his three Jack Russell terriers – Patch, Butch and Dolcy.
Slough Borough Council (SBC) rescued all three dogs from Humber Way on April 16, 2015, when neighbourhood enforcement officers, accompanied by police, found the dogs were permanently living outside.
Linda Corcoran, housing and enforcement officer for SBC, said: “The dogs were chained to two small kennels in the garden, which provided little protection from the sun, wind, cold or rain.
“They had no bedding and there wasn’t enough water to drink.
“Patch and Butch, who are mother and son, were tied together and their leads were tangled, restricting their movement and causing sores under Patch’s collar.
“Overall, it was a dirty, wet environment, which left them at risk of becoming ill, and we had no choice but to rescue them for their own safety.”
As well as banning Lilywhite from owning or keeping animals until April 2021, the court ordered him to do 100 hours unpaid work within the next year and to pay £1,060 in costs.
Thankfully Patch, Butch and Dolcy did not suffer any permanent injuries and have now been re-homed.
The neighbourhood enforcement team began investigating Mr Lilywhite after reports of dogs barking at his address. If you have concerns about a dog’s welfare please report it in confidence to the neighbourhood enforcement team on 01753 875254.
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