Dog ‘so starved it couldn’t walk’
A STAFFORDSHIRE bull terrier was so starved it could not walk properly, a court heard.
The dog, named Crumb, was found wandering by a burger van in Weston Street, Great Lever, by a member of the public and taken to the Destitute Animal Shelter on May 2, Bolton magistrates were told.
Tony Stock, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said the 13-year-old pet weighed just 13.8kg — just over two stone — when he should have been 20kg, which is about three stone, and the muscles in his back legs were so wasted they could not support him.
A long-standing eye infection was so severe that the eye had to be removed.
“Had he been presented for veterinary treatment earlier it could easily have been treated,” said Mr Stock.
A veterinary report said the dog had been malnourished for at least a couple of months and his eye had been untreated for more than six months.
Mr Stock said the animal’s owner, Joseph Moran, was found after he turned up at the animal shelter looking for his pet Costs involved for the RSPCA in treating Crumb, kennelling him and bringing the prosecution amounted to almost £3,400, said Mr Stock.
The animal had been recovering and had gaining weight but has now died, it is thought, from old age.
Mohamed Patel, defending, said that Moran, aged 37, of Hilden Street, Bolton, had been treating the dog’s eye himself.
“He wasn’t aware as to how much it had deteriorated over time,” he said.
He added that Moran believed Crumb had swallowed a ball and that was causing him to lose weight, adding that he had taken the animal to see a vet but could not afford the fees.
Moran was planning to borrow money to have him treated when he went missing from Cecilia Street, the home he then shared with his former partner.
“He does feel for Crumb and has co-operated fully with the RSPCA,” said Mr Patel.
Moran pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and failing to ensure its welfare.
The same charges are faced by Amanda Parkinson, aged 42, of Cecilia Street, Bolton, who was not in court for the hearing.
Moran will be sentenced on October 1 after the preparation of pre-sentence reports.