A man has been disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years after his dog was found in such an emaciated state. Christopher Daniel Morgan, 36, of Brewery Court, Merthyr Tydfil, appeared at Merthyr Magistrates’ Court to be sentenced after pleading guilty to an offense under the Animal Protection Act.

The American Bulldog, nicknamed Buddy, was found lost in Brecon Road, Merthyr, and taken to the vet by a member of the public. Unfortunately, Buddy had to be destroyed to prevent further suffering.

The breach was that, between February 3 and May 4, he caused unnecessary suffering to the dog by failing to provide adequate and necessary veterinary care and failing to address the causes of its weight and mass loss.

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The court heard Morgan was very remorseful. At sentencing, he was given a 12-month community order, which included 135 hours of unpaid work and 20 days of rehabilitation activities. He was also disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years and ordered to pay £500.

Morgan was found after vets scanned the microchip and the RSPCA was informed of the circumstances.

RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector Gemma Cooper said they collected the body from the vets the following day. He said he saw “every bone in his body, it was covered in lumps and his penis had fallen out.”

The body was recovered by police so the RSPCA could continue their investigation. The court heard the owner, Morgan, said Buddy had been missing for seven weeks due to a bad fence in his garden. Morgan also stated that he first noticed a lump the size of a ping pong ball seven or eight weeks ago on the right side of Buddy’s neck, and since then he has not wanted to eat and has been losing weight.

In testimony from a veterinary witness, they said they believed Buddy had suffered for more than seven weeks.

A written statement given to the court said: “I find it highly unlikely that a dog of such a loving nature and large stature would be missing for seven weeks without someone finding him and taking him to the vet. practice or the RSPCA.

“It is also clear from the conversation I had with Mr. Morgan that he did not seek nor intend to seek veterinary care for the lump or weight loss. As a result, I feel that Buddy suffered greatly: he was uncomfortable when trying to sit up, was weak, malnourished, and regurgitated after eating (probably due to the size of the lumps pressing on his feeding tube).

“In my opinion, I feel this dog suffered for more than seven weeks, at least three months, but possibly longer. A vet should have been contacted as soon as he started refusing food and losing weight, as this would have started to affect his quality of life. They should never have abandoned Buddy for so long, and in doing so, Mr. Morgan breached his duty of care to Buddy and allowed him to suffer needlessly.

Inspector Cooper added: “This is a very sad incident and we are very sorry to hear that Buddy did not survive. We would like to thank the public who took him to the vets and the veterinary team who cared for him when he arrived.

“Unfortunately he was abandoned and the lack of veterinary care and attention to his condition meant he suffered for some time.”