Cruel pet owner has been banned from keeping animals for life after workmen discovered his dog trapped beneath a ladder in his garden.
Paul Nanson’s dog Mason was spotted by builders carrying out work in his rear yard who then alerted the RSPCA.
The dog was so emaciated and poorly that a vet had no alternative to immediately put him to sleep; when he was found on February 4, Sunderland Magistrates heard.
Clive McKeag, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said that when inspectors arrived at Nanson’s home in Sunderland, the dog was so weak. He was unable to stand up or even lift his head.
Mr McKeag said the frightened dog was described as ‘wet, cold, and shivering’. He was with a body condition score of one out of nine.
Mason was also suffering from a kidney infection. The decision was made to euthanize him, to end his suffering; which had gone on over a period of ‘not less than five weeks’.
Nanson, 59, admitted failing to take reasonable steps to ensure Mason’s needs were met by failing to ensure that he was provided with a suitable environment which was hygienic.
Probation officer Alan Cutting, who prepared a report on Nanson, said; “It would seem he had quite a lot going on in his life over a period of time.”
The court heard Nanson, who works as a handyman for a travel firm, had gone through ‘an absolutely devastating’ time; when after a relationship split he found out via DNA tests that none of the three children he thought were his own were actually his.
Mr Cutting said: “It doesn’t detract from the fact this animal was suffering. He should have picked up on the signs that the dog wasn’t well.”
“The animal had to be destroyed because of the state of health it was in when it was found. He tells me he feels very, very sorry and ashamed.”