Cruel owner kept dogs in grim conditions so horrible they struggled to walk

A pet owner has been banned from keeping animals for life after RSPCA officers found his two dogs living in conditions so grim they could have died.

Michael Martin, 37, from Grimsby, let his English Bull Terrier’s nails grow so long she struggled to walk.

He was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to both his pets, who needed urgent veterinary attention after their rescue.

Michael had denied four offences, including three of causing unnecessary suffering to his pet dogs by not getting them the medical treatment they needed.

He faced a further charge of not providing a suitable environment, reports Grimsby Live.

Both the animals, named Bella and Spike, were removed from the property and have since been rehomed to families who can look after them better.

Prosecutor Rachel Taylor told Grimsby Magistrates’ Court that Bella had a skin condition and her skin was red and sore looking with patches of fur loss on her legs, body, and face.

Her nails were so overgrown they were curling round and had been protruding back into her pads, making it very painful for her to move.

Spike was very active and friendly but was prescribed medication for an infection in his ears after examination by a vet after his rescue.

Inspectors found a cage in his flat with old, dirty rags for bedding when they searched it on September 3, 2019.

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A vet slammed the conditions as "completely unsuitable for these animals to be housed in."

But in mitigation, the defendant claimed he didn’t have time to properly care for the dogs since he had been working and pals had let him down.

Michael was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order and disqualified from keeping all domestic pets for life. He was also ordered to pay £800 court costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

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