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Pit Bull was tied and left in woods

Mearclough Road Woods, Sowerby Bridge, where the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was abandoned

Mearclough Road Woods, Sowerby Bridge, where the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was abandoned

A 42-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were convicted of abandoning a Pit Bull Terrier in woods at Sowerby Bridge.

Mohammed Mushtaq, 42, of Mayfield Avenue, Halifax, and Samantha Walford, 26, of Ashfield Grove, Halifax, tied banned dog Tyson to a tree in woods at Mearclough Road, in April 2013.

The court heard that, on April 16, Walford’s landlord and taxi driver Mushtaq and the female defendant, who were in a black BMW car, approached a garage on Mearclough Road and asked if anyone would like a dog free of charge.

Twenty minutes later, Tyson was heard howling and was rescued by members of the public and taken to the vets.

The Pit Bull Terrier had to be put down as it is banned under UK law.

Calderdale Magistrates’ Court heard that Walford had failed to care for the emaciated canine whose ribs and spine were clearly visible.

RSPCA inspector Charlotte Booker said: “This is a heartbreaking case and a classic example of people’s ‘disposable’ attitude to pets.”

In December, Mushtaq pleaded not guilty to abandoning the canine but was convicted following a trial.

Walford pleaded guilty to abandoning and failing to care for her dog.

Both returned to court on January 8 for sentencing.

Mushtaq was fined £650 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs and £65 victim surcharge and disqualified from owning animals for five years.

Walford was given a 12 month community order and 180 hours unpaid community work and ordered to pay £100 costs and £60 victim surcharge and banned from owning any animals for 15 years.

 
 
 

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