Hundreds of empty food tins in house

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A man has been disqualified from keeping animals for four years after leaving his dog in a house.

Christopher Payne, 28, of St Chads Avenue in Hove Edge, Brighouse, admitted mistreating his Jack Russell Terrier, Red.

Payne was investigated by the RSPCA following complaints from neighbours that a dog had been left for six days.

An RSPCA officer visited the house on March 6 and although nobody was at the property she managed to see the dog through a window.

When more officers arrived and entered the property, they found hundreds of empty dog-food tins scattered around the house, with dog faeces and other rubbish littering the house. The toilet seat was down, meaning Red couldn’t get water.

He was taken to the RSPCA centre and examined by a vet.

Red was given a health rating of just two out of nine, and was described by the vet as being severely underweight and dehydrated.

Sam Jackson, defending, said that Payne had owned Red since he was a puppy and that he was loved family pet.

He said the dog had only been left for a maximum of seven hours at a time.

Inspector Rachel Oprysk, from the RSPCA, said: “It’s not just about feeding a dog, it’s about looking after them as well and the conditions Red was kept in were not suitable.”

Payne pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, failing to provide a suitable environment in which his pet could live and failing to protect Red from pain, injury suffering and disease.

He was banned from keeping animals for four years and told he could not apply for that ban to be lifted for two years.

He was also ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £1257.57.