Man banned from keeping animals after leaving dogs for days in ‘faeces-strewn’ house

Peter Bedford abandoned his two dogs in a rubbish and faeces-strewn house
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A man who left his two dogs in a 'rubbish and faeces-strewn house' has been banned from owning animals for three years.

Peter Bedford, of Brierley Avenue, Whitefield, abandoned his two Staffordshire bull terriers at his home for days leaving them surrounded in broken glass, mouldy faeces and piles of rubbish, a hearing at Manchester Magistrates Court heard.

Bedford’s neighbours contacted the RSPCA in June last year after he failed to return the property for several days.

Police forced entry via a back door that had been barricaded with a mattress and RSPCA Inspector Rachel Whalley and Animal Rescue Officer Jessica Pierce removed Bedford's two underweight dogs Menace and Dorris.

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Giving evidence at the sentencing hearing on May 16, Inspector Whalley said: “I entered through the back door and into the kitchen and I was instantly hit with the strong smell of ammonia and faeces.

“There were lots of piles of faeces on the floor of the kitchen and flies flying around the room. As I continued through I entered the living room the smell continued and there were more piles of faeces on the floor.

“When I reached the top of the stairs I could see more faeces over the floor and the strong smell continued. There were bags of rubbish and clothes strewn in the hall. There were four doors and three of them were closed over with one ajar which is where the second dog was.

“This dog was a black and white, female bull breed dog. Based on her teats I could tell that she had a litter fairly recently. She was severely underweight, her rib and hip bones were very prominent.”

Menace and Dorris were taken to the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital. Menace weighed 17kg (37.4 pounds) and his ribs, lumbar vertebrae and pelvic bones were easily visible. Doris weighed 15.2kg (33.5 pounds) and had a superficial wound with a scab above her left eye and two scars between the left eye and ear.

Both dogs remain in RSPCA care and are making good progress.

Magistrates were told that Bedford was contacted by Inspector Whalley in July last year and that he told her a family member was supposed to be checking on both of the dogs daily but they had disappeared.

In addition to the three year disqualification order, Bedford was also given a 12 month community order with 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days and told to complete 40 hours of unpaid work.

Speaking after the sentencing, Inspector Whalley said: “Menace and Doris had more or less been left to fend for themselves for long periods of time in conditions that were wholly unacceptable. Life often throws changes in circumstance at us but it’s important to ensure the needs of animals you are responsible for are always met.”