A CRUEL owner who failed to take his sick dog to the vet and left it to go hungry has been banned from keeping animals for five years.
Scott Campbell, aged 26, of Wensley Street, Grimesthorpe, Sheffield, failed to provide care for his dog Chico’s painful eye condition and left him underweight by not feeding him a sufficient diet.
Chico, a tan-coloured Shar Pei crossbreed, was found by shocked RSPCA officers with multiple stab wounds to his head.
But a charge against Campbell of knifing the dog was dropped last month.
The witness called to give evidence about the alleged incident in March failed to turn up at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court. An application to adjourn the case was turned down.
Brian Orsborn, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said a vet assessed the dog as being in a ‘poor’ condition, scoring 1.5 for its weight out of a possible five.
He said the dog had suffered from eye complaint entropia for two years, as well as corneal ulcers.
The court heard Campbell had owned the eight-year-old dog since it was a pupp and believed the eye problem would ‘resolve itself’.
Simon Gwynne, defending, said Campbell was aware the pet was ‘his dog and his responsibility’.
“But he was neglecting himself and not aware of much that was going on around him,” he added.
Campbell admitted two charges under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
He was sentenced to a 12-month community order with six months’ supervision, and banned from keeping animals.
He must also pay legal costs of £484.
Matt Bell, chief inspector of the RSPCA’s South and West Yorkshire branch, said the dog was given surgery and had fully recovered.
Chico has now been re-homed.
“He was treated for multiple stab wounds to his face and the side of his head, and the dog was very underweight,” Insp Bell said.
“Entropia is a very painful condition and Chico would have had that since he was a puppy.
“The ulcerative cornea will have been a recurrent problem.
“That would have been excruciatingly painful, and it is likely Chico had been suffering on an ongoing basis.”
Campbell can apply for the ban on keeping animals to be lifted in two years’ time.