Norton dad Carl Boote left dogs to die in yard
FATHER-OF-THREE Carl Boote has been banned from keeping animals for life after allowing two dogs to starve to death.
RSPCA inspectors recovered the 'severely emaciated' bodies of a Labrador and a lurcher from Boote's home after a neighbour raised concerns.
A third dog, a springer spaniel, was just 24 hours away from starving to death when it was rescued.
Boote received a suspended prison sentence at Cannock Magistrates' Court yesterday, after admitting six animal welfare offences.
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Prosecutor Kevin Worthington told the court that RSPCA inspector John Groarke visited Boote's home in Mallorie Road, Norton, on February 28.
Boote showed the inspector seven dogs being kept in transit cages in the house, all of which were healthy. But when the 29-year-old was asked if he had any other animals, he took the inspector to the back yard.
Mr Worthington said: "The rear garden was filled with rubbish. The black and white springer spaniel was being kept in a completely unacceptable condition. It was severely emaciated and dehydrated."
Boote then showed the inspector the bodies of the dead dogs.
A vet found each dog was well below its healthy weight, and concluded they had suffered severe malnutrition but was able to nurse the springer spaniel back to health.
Mr Worthington added: "In the vet's professional opinion, the dogs were caused unnecessary suffering through lack of adequate food, for at least one week, probably more."
Boote pleaded guilty to three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and three counts of failing to ensure an animal's welfare.
Glenn Cook, mitigating, told the court his client accepted the seriousness of his offences and had given up all his surviving dogs.
But he explained at the time of the offending Boote had experienced a number of personal setbacks.
Mr Cook said: "His mother had health problems, including a broken hip. When his mother had been in better health she had assisted in looking after Mr Boote's children.
"He now had to take a greater role in their care, and also had to care for his mother.
"But Mr Boote has never tried to use this as an excuse for what happened. He expects punishment for what he did."
In addition, magistrates handed Boote an 18-week sentence prison, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £3,195 towards the prosecution costs.
Mr Groarke said after the hearing: "I am disappointed the magistrates did not impose an immediate prison sentence.
"I've been doing this job for 21 years and I was still shocked by this case, considering the pain and suffering these dogs would have gone through prior to their death."