Ditton man banned from keeping animals avoids jail after cruel treatment of dogs and puppies

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A man already banned from keeping animals has left dogs without fresh water and puppies in their own feces.

Daniel King Snr, of Nursery Road in Ditton, narrowly avoided going to jail but was handed a lifetime order preventing him from owning pets.

Three cavapoo puppies were found in a shed on the property. Photo: RSPCA

The 43-year-old was sentenced at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a male tan lurcher and failing to take steps to ensure the needs of five dogs and three puppies were satisfied to the extent required by good practice.

The offenses took place between October 23 and November 20 of last year.

Other offenses including causing unnecessary suffering to an apricot male cavapoo puppy and a white laying female, and breaching a 20-year sentence to be disqualified for herding animals were dismissed.

RSPCA officers executed a warrant alongside police at 8.10am on November 19, 2021.

The male lurcher turned out to be in poor condition and looked extremely skinny.  Photo: RSPCA
The male lurcher turned out to be in poor condition and looked extremely skinny. Photo: RSPCA
The environment in which some animals lived was considered unsafe and unsanitary.  Photo: RSPCA
The environment in which some animals lived was considered unsafe and unsanitary. Photo: RSPCA

The animal charity presented several videos as evidence of the conditions on site, which were played in court.

One of the videos showed two kennels, which had metal bars in front and were attached to an attached shed.

RSPCA inspector Will Rippon, who helped with the investigation, said there was a “very smelly” aroma.

He noted the behavior of one dog in particular, which was running around in circles, which he said was “very concerning”.

Mr Rippon added that there was an open bag of dry dog ​​food outside the kennels, and above it on a windowsill was a bottle of bleach.

Daniel King was banned from keeping animals for life
Daniel King was banned from keeping animals for life

Another video showed the conditions inside the shed where three puppies lived, none of whom had access to water.

The officer said there was “a foul odor and a pile of moldy feces”.

He also showed that the wooden door keeping the puppies inside was pierced with nails, explaining that there was no easy access to reach the dogs and would require a screwdriver to remove.

Mr Rippon found two canisters on the floor – one had been chewed all around and a bottle of Drontal puppy deworming liquid which was encrusted in poo.

Eight dogs, including lurchers and cavapoos, found on the property were seized.

Officers found a bottle of bleach on the windowsill above an open bag of dog food.  Photo: RSPCA
Officers found a bottle of bleach on the windowsill above an open bag of dog food. Photo: RSPCA
The environment in which some of the animals lived was considered unsafe and unsanitary.  Photo: RSPCA
The environment in which some of the animals lived was considered unsafe and unsanitary. Photo: RSPCA

Veterinarian Jeremy Stattersfield assessed a male lurcher and found he had multiple lesions on his legs and paws, which he said were “typical of kennel wounds”.

The dog also had fur loss and sore gums, which “suggests he was chewing on something that did some damage.”

Mr Scott, defending, said the videos shown were “a snapshot in time”.

He said King was “not someone who intentionally didn’t care, but just someone who couldn’t cope with life and things got the better of him”.

Mr Scott also pointed out that King voluntarily surrendered the dogs to the RSPCA.

The door keeping the cavapoo puppies inside has been nailed down.  Picture: RSPCA
The door keeping the cavapoo puppies inside has been nailed down. Picture: RSPCA

After speaking with a probation officer, they noted the 43-year-old kept apologizing and said the area ‘should have been cleaner and it wasn’t intentional’.

The court heard he was the sole primary carer for his wife, who has mental health issues, and also cared for his 15-year-old son.

Last year King, along with his son Danny King Junior, 22, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a black poodle and failing in his duty of responsibility for the welfare of eight dogs .

King Jr was also accused of killing a badger in 2018.

Bench chairman Adrian Atmore told King he had “complete disregard for animals.”

The hearing was heard at Maidstone Magistrates' Court
The hearing was heard at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court

He also added that King was very lucky not to go to jail.

Mr Atmore said the sentence reflected the condition the animals were in, which was ‘a dirty, filthy and unsuitable environment, including hazards such as broken glass and an open sewer’.

Daniel King Snr was given a 160-day sentence, suspended for two years, and banned from keeping animals for life.

All other animals on his property will be seized and he will have to wait at least 10 years before he can apply for the ban to be lifted.

He was also ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work and a rehabilitative activity requirement, as well as to pay £800 in court and a victim surcharge of £120.

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