A dog owner has been barred from owning animals in future after chaining his Jack Russell to a shed for up to three weeks, making the animal suffer considerably and nearly killing it.
David Nicholls of Staffordshire admitted causing unnecessary suffering to Nato, a 16-year-old Jack Russell, and received a ten year ban on keeping pets as well as an 18-month community order at Stafford Magistrates Court.
Nato was found by RSPCA officers covered in weeping sores and barely able to stand. Vets were even forced to remove the animal's eye, while the dog had to eat its own faeces to survive.
Nicholls even has a history of mistreating animals, previously harming a Staffordshire Terrier.
"This matter of causing unnecessary cruelty to the dog is a serious case," said chairman Doug Hood upon sentencing.
"Anyone would have realised that the dog needed treatment."
Thankfully Nato is now in a much safer place following his ordeal.