Daryl Stock, 25, from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, was banned from keeping dogs for four years after 11 emaciated Newfoundlands were found in his property at Woodside Farm, Shrawardine. Stock had previously pled guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the animals. He also received a four-month suspended sentence and was ordered to pay a total of £615.
RSPCA Inspector Nayman Dunderdale said, “This was a shocking case. What I discovered when I visited the address following a call from a concerned member of the public was very upsetting.
“There were eleven Newfoundland dogs who were so thin their ribs were showing. When I found them they were being held in three pens that had been constructed within in a stable. They had no food or water and only minimal bedding. I noticed that there was only a very minimal quantity of faeces within the pens, suggesting that the dogs had not been fed for some time.
“In addition, when I investigated more closely, I could see that the pens were screwed shut suggesting the doors were not opened very often in order to regularly feed and water the animals.”
Inspector Dunderdale decided to leave a calling card on one of the doors, to test whether they were opened to feed the dogs. The next morning, when she returned, the card was still in place and the doors screwed shut.
“At that point, I asked local vet David Martin to join me at the site to look at the dogs,” Dunderdale said. “Having seen the condition of them, the vet advised me that the dogs were likely to suffer if their circumstances did not change. When I called the West Mercia police to the address, they approved the removal of the dogs from the property so the they could be cared for by the RSPCA.”
All dogs were then taken to Brownlow Vet Centre, where they were found to be emaciated. While a healthy Newfoundland should weigh between 50 kg and 68 kg, the weights of the male dogs rescued from the pens ranged from 32.8 kg to 35.2 kg and the females from 27 kg to 42.8 kg. The dogs’ gastro-intestinal tracts were completely empty, and most were suffering from conjunctivitis.
After receiving medical care and being placed in foster homes, they have all gone on to make a full recovery and have since been adopted.
Inspector Dunderdale concluded, “We are pleased that justice has been done. The condition of the dogs was terrible. Some of them weighed around half of what a normal, healthy Newfoundland should weigh.
“We would encourage people who can no longer cope with caring for their pets to contact us for help and advice to avoid unnecessary distress and suffering being caused.”
Images by RSPCA.