Ex-Ipswich town player jailed for animal cruelty
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Housing, Legal
A footballer has been jailed for causing cruelty to his pet dog.
Cy Whitham was given an 18-week sentence yesterday after an RSPCA officer told a court it was arguably the worst case of cruelty he had seen.
The ex-Ipswich Town Academy player's bull terrier, KD, was found starving to death in its own filth.
The 20-year-old and his mother admitted abandoning the animal which they left locked in an Ispwich housing association flat.
The one-year-old female Staffordshire Bull Terrier – which has since been renamed Lottie – was so emaciated when she was discovered that she weighed just 9.2kg – less than half the recommended weight for such a breed.
On top of his sentence, Whitham was banned from keeping all animals for 15 years.
The court was told the pair left a previous address on Donegal Road last September and handed back the keys to the housing association that owned the property.
Upon inspection, the property was found to be left in such a poor condition – including an infestation of fleas – that the housing association sent a pest controller to the address.
When the pest controller opened the bedroom door, he discovered that the dog had been shut in the room with only minimal food and water. The room was littered with faeces and urine.
RSPCA inspector Jason Finch said: “When the pest controller opened the door, Lottie came straight out and immediately started trying to scavenge for food or anything that she could eat.
“He gave Lottie a couple of biscuits and called us straight away. When I saw her I couldn’t believe she was still alive.
“I’ve not seen a dog that thin for at least 10 years, and I’ve been an RSPCA inspector for 13 years. The poor girl looked like a bag of bones.
“When we found her she weighed just 9.2kg, but she should have weighed between 18kg and 20kg.
“Thankfully she’s made a fantastic recovery in our care and now weighs nearly 17kg.”
Picture courtesy of the RSPCA