A MAN has been jailed after a dog was found dead along with 36 others living in squalid conditions.
Christopher Mark Bennett has been sentenced to 18 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to animals in Hastings Magistrates Court.
The dogs were found in June last year in a single room smelling of urine and feces.
A woman, Gemma Brogan, was previously convicted on similar charges in relation to the same property on St Phillips Avenue in Eastbourne.
Inspector Cora Peeters, who visited the property, said: “When we opened the door the noise level tripled and was quite unbearable. We were greeted by a sea of little faces, all stacked on top of each other to get to the door.
“The room was poorly lit, but I could still tell that a large number of these dogs were extremely underweight, their coats were scabbed and dreadlocked, and the odor of urine and feces in the stuffy, airless room was horrid.
“The noise and smell of the house alone was overwhelming, but then to see the conditions in which the dogs were kept was really upsetting. I’m glad we were able to rescue these dogs and they are now getting the care and love they deserve.”
She said they found a dead dog in the middle of the kitchen floor. Most of the other dogs were free, but two were found in a dirty box with no bedding in the kitchen, and two more were found in a small bedroom that was significantly cleaner than the rest of the house, but these dogs also had no access to food or water.
Research into Yorkshire Terriers, King Charles Cavalier Spaniels and Border Collies found that many were seriously underweight, with one weighing 4 pounds.
A veterinary report revealed that the dogs were suffering from the conditions they were living in, as well as a lack of food.
The period of suffering varied for each dog, but it is believed they were kept in the room for anywhere from four to 12 weeks.
Both Bennett and Brogan were banned from keeping animals for a minimum of five years, with Brogan sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid labor and participation in rehabilitation.
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