Suspended sentence for man who had 24 dogs housed in filthy conditions

A West Midlands man has been given a 12-week suspended sentence after he was found with 24 dogs – including puppies – housed in filthy and cramped conditions in his backyard.

The dogs - including puppies - were in an area covered with urine and faeces
The dogs - including puppies - were in an area covered with urine and faeces

Nadeem Ahmad was also given a 10-year ban on keeping animals after he pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences.

Birmingham Magistrates Court heard how the RSPCA joined forces with West Midlands Police and Birmingham Council dog wardens to execute a warrant at 34-year-old Ahmad's home address on October 10, following reports about the conditions a number of dogs were being kept in.

The dogs - including puppies - were in an area covered with urine and faeces

They found six kennels in the filthy backyard of the terraced house with some dogs and puppies – mainly bull breeds and German Shepherds – inside and some roaming free around the small yard.

The area was covered in urine and faeces and there were hazardous pieces of wood in the area. There was no water and some of the dogs were treated for dehydration.

One of the kennels contained a German Shepherd bitch with eight puppies who were lying on a damp floor which smelt of urine. There was no bedding inside the kennel and there were some barbed wires on part of the door pointing inwards.

The dogs - including puppies - were in an area covered with urine and faeces

In a statement animal rescuer, RSPCA Inspector Stephen Lee said: “There were a total of five kennels that I could see and the general conditions of all kennels was poor with no bedding and faeces in all of them.

“The general yard area was very dirty with faeces in most areas, there was also a collection of raw bones in most corners that were covered in flies. The yard area also had hazards in most areas."

The dogs - including puppies - were in an area covered with urine and faeces

A vet examined all of the dogs and found several to be of a low body weight and added: “It is my opinion that the kennels provided were dirty in their nature and had a lack of bedding showing a complete disregard for the dog’s health and welfare.”

As well as a suspended sentence and a ban on keeping animals, Ahmad, of Maxwell Avenue, in Handsworth, was also ordered to carry out a 20-day rehabilitation order, 150 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £200 in costs.

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