Banned from keeping pets for 10 years

A MAN has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years after a shocking cruelty case – and could even be turfed out of his own home as a result of his offences.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard how Jonathan McGarry, 31, abandoned a Staffordshire bull terrier and another dog at his former home in Keswick Street, Hartlepool, on or before January 8, 2010.

The animals were left alone for two weeks, only being sporadically fed during that time.

When RSPCA inspectors were alerted about the case by concerned neighbours, they found the Staffordshire bull terrier suffering from a severe ear infection which vets feared the animal may not recover from.

McGarry, who now lives in Coundon, County Durham, was warned by the court that as the house he now lives in has pets, he is faced with the prospect of either rehousing the pets or finding somewhere else to live.

RSPCA inspector Michelle Penny said: “This case took us 15 months to chase up, as the defendant had moved from the address.

“However, we did not lose sight of the case and were determined to get to court.

“The sentence passed in court reflects our determination to bring this case to an end.”

Insp Penny added: “We were satisfied that this man was banned from keeping animals for 10 years, and it was made clear to him in court that as he now lives in a house where there are known to be pets, he will either have to have them rehomed or find an alternative address to live himself.”

McGarry, now of Benbow Walk, Coundon, was banned from keeping animals for 10 years, and cannot apply to have that disqualification lifted for five years.

He was also fined £260 costs, and given a community order with 12 months supervision.