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Darlington man who kept dogs in filthy conditions appears in court
A MAN who kept his dogs in conditions so appalling that one was hours away from death has appeared in court.
Luke Evers, 18, of Tyne Crescent, Darlington, was arrested as part of a joint RSPCA and police operation targeting networks of people who use dogs to hunt wild animals in the borough.
Prosecutor Kevin Campbell told Darlington Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday, September 18) that when officers raided Evers’ home in May they found four dogs living outside surrounded by faeces and with a variety of medical problems.
One of the dogs, a bull lurcher, had facial injuries, an inflamed eye and was so dehydrated that it had collapsed.
In court, Evers pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and failing to ensure the welfare of his four dogs.
Mr Campbell summarised the vets’ report which concluded that had the bull lurcher been left for much longer it would likely have died.
“The dog itself had a number of cuts around its eyes and middle and fresh swollen areas to the chin and gums,” said Mr Campbell.
“It had conjunctivitis, it is filthy, has flea dirt on it and scars on its ribcage; effectively it is in a pretty bad condition.”
Mr Campbell said that although the dogs had access to a shelter, their living conditions were inadequate, as was the bedding which comprised of just one old sleeping bag between four dogs.
Mr Campbell said: “They were living in ten days worth of faeces, in the vet’s opinion.
“The dog was in a very painful state; when she (the vet) touched it it seemed to have quite a lot of pain and was suffering from severe dehydration.
“Had the dog been left for more than just a few more hours it would probably have died.”
No mitigation was offered as magistrates adjourned the case to allow for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.
Evers is due back in court on October 10 where he will be sentenced.