Man who left his dog for dead is sentenced

Bruno was left to die by his owner. RSPCA
Bruno was left to die by his owner. RSPCA
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An RSPCA inspector says it was ‘impossible to count’ the number of bite wounds on a dog after his owner was given a suspended prison sentence and told he can never keep pets again.

Jan Ward, 28, of Plover Close in Buckingham, left Bruno to die after he was bitten by his other dog - Tyson - and the wounds had become infected.

Ward went away for two days and Bruno was so injured he was unable to eat during his last days.

Tyson also had infected wounds and although he recovered, he was put down after an aggression assessment found him too dangerous to rehome.

Ward was found guilty of animal neglect and was given a suspended prison sentence of 14 weeks and must complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

He was ordered to pay £6,880 in costs and disqualified from keeping all animals for life.

Ward escaped to the Bahamas after the first day of his trial in 2009 and lived there for five years.

He was convicted in his absence of three counts of causing unnecessary suffering in relation to two dogs and also an offence of failing to surrender to court.

But he returned to the UK last month and was finally sentenced on September 12 at High Wycombe Magistrates’.

RSPCA inspector Kirsty Withnall said: “Bruno had so many wounds on his body it was actually impossible to count and it was horrible to see.

“I hope this case sends out a clear message that animal cruelty is taken very seriously by the courts and will not be tolerated.

“If you commit an offence, the RSPCA will do all we can to bring a case to justice - no matter how long it takes.”