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Animal cruelty leads to 10 year ban

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A Langley man who mistreated a pregnant dog and a bird has been handed a 10 year ban on keeping animals.

The man made the pregnant dog live outside without proper shelter or fresh water and his Mule Goldfinch type bird was kept in such a small cage it caused damage to its wings.

Officers from the council removed the animals from an address in Slough after reports of ill-treatment.

Bird

Linda Corcoran, the council’s housing and enforcement officer, said: “Every animal has the right to live in a safe, suitable environment. These conditions were far from suitable, but thankfully they didn’t suffer any lasting damage.”

The owner was found guilty in his absence at Reading Magistrates’ Court on 25 November, as he failed to attend and a warrant without bail was issued.

He was arrested on 7 December and escorted to Reading Magistrates’ Court where he was sentenced.

The dog gave birth to five puppies and all are now in happy homes. The bird was also rehomed, enjoying the company of other finches in an aviary with plenty of room for free flight.

For each of the four charges, the man was ordered to do 100 hours of community service, running concurrently. He had to pay a victim surcharge of £85, costs of £250 and was disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years.

To report any concerns about animal welfare, call the neighbourhood enforcement team on 01753 875254.

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