Man banned from keeping dogs found with three in kitchen crate

Bear, Luna and Tank were being kept in a dog crate in Kimberley's kitchen
-Credit: (Image: RSPCA)

A cruel man was given a suspended jail sentence after dogs with clipped ears were found in a crate in his kitchen. James Lloyd Kimberley, from Birmingham, was also banned from keeping dogs for life after breaching a previous disqualification order.

The 37-year-old was previously banned from keeping dogs for five years in 2020. The order was made after he failed to meet the needs of seven dogs in his care.

Kimberley was recently sentenced for breaching the 2020 ban after concerns were raised about dogs in his care. Three dogs, all with closely cropped ears, were found at Kimberley’s home when police and RSPCA officers attended on July 4, 2023.

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The dogs - Bear, Luna and Tank - were being kept in a dog crate in the kitchen. Evidence of ear cropping, including a pair of scissors and a steel clamp covered in blood, were also found.

The procedure is usually carried out for purely aesthetic or cosmetic reasons, often because the owner wants to achieve a particular 'look'. During sentencing, the district judge said Kimberley posed a "high risk" to dogs because of the circumstances of his previous convictions.

The judge also believed Kimberley to be a risk because of connections to the "murky world of ear cropping" - by knowing people who carry it out and those who want it done, even if he doesn’t do it himself.

Kimberley of Berkley Road, Birmingham, was sentenced to 21 weeks custody, suspended for two years, and given a tagged curfew from 7pm-7am for four months. He was also ordered to pay a £154 victim surcharge and £800 in costs. His disqualification order from keeping dogs was also extended to life, with no chance to appeal for ten years.

A RSPCA spokesperson said: “We’d like to thank those who helped us in our investigations. We rely on members of the public to tell us if someone has breached a ban. We depend on the public to be our eyes and ears and we take breaches of bans very seriously - as do the courts.”