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Man receives a 10-year ban from keeping animals

The two whippets are now healthy and in the process of being re-homed

A MAN has been banned from keeping animals for ten years after being convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to his dogs.

Anthony Searl from Tongwynlais, Cardiff, has also been given a 12-month custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months.

The 35-year-old was arrested in December 2022, when PCSOs on patrol came across two abandoned dogs, one of which had been hit by a car, in the street.

This led to the rescue of five other dogs in a nearby property.

Police Sergeant Matthew Fairweather said: “After coming across the two dogs in the street, local PCSOs Tori Miller, Katie Roberts and Melanie Lewis carried out enquiries with residents and vets and were able to identify the address that the dogs had come from.

“We attended the property and discovered a whippet, described as skin and bone, locked in a cupboard, without any food or water and covered in its own faeces.

“Three terrier puppies were locked in another room and their mother was in a bathroom, all being kept in the same dreadful conditions.

“The owner was arrested, and the dogs were taken to the vets. The terriers were released to a local dogs’ home and are in the process of being re-homed.

“The whippets unfortunately had to spend more time with the vet receiving treatment for their injuries and malnutrition, but thankfully are now healthy and also in the process of being re-homed.”

Anthony Searl admitted unnecessary suffering of animals and was sentenced at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on Friday, February 10.