DIRTY BAS­TARDS! Cou­ple’s house had car­pets soaked in blood and urine, rot­ten fur­ni­ture and pets left to starve to death

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JUSTIN DUNN

HOR­RI­FIED in­spec­tors found an­i­mals liv­ing in blood and urine-soaked squalor in two dif­fer­ent houses in the same city.

The pets were dis­cov­ered starv­ing to death, suf­fer­ing from in­fec­tions and rav­aged by skin con­di­tions, trig­gered by “one of the worst” en­vi­ron­ments in­spec­tors had ever seen.

Sev­eral dogs had lost their fur and one was in so much dis­tress it had chewed off its own TAIL.

Michael Clif­ford Har­ness and Shaun Parkin, both from Hull, were pros­e­cuted by the RSPCA in two sep­a­rate cases.

Parkin, 53, has now been banned from keep­ing an­i­mals for life af­ter ne­glect­ing his six dogs, a cat, a par­rot and a cock­a­too.

Har­ness, 43, re­ceived a five-year ban for ne­glect­ing his two dogs and a fer­ret.

Im­ages re­leased by the char­ity show the ex­tent of the filth, with flea in­fes­ta­tions in ev­ery room, car­pets caked in blood and urine, floors cov­ered in shred­ded news­pa­pers and bot­tles of urine in a bed­room.

In­spec­tors vis­ited Parkin’s home last year and found dogs locked in rooms with no food or water, an ema­ci­ated cat and two birds.

RSPCA staff filmed the dogs hav­ing their first drink of water to show their thirst.

Parkin ad­mit­ted three charges of fail­ing to pro­vide a suit­able en­vi­ron­ment for the an­i­mals, three charges of caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing to an­i­mals and two charges of fail­ing to meet their needs.

Har­ness pleaded guilty to fail­ing to pro­vide a suit­able en­vi­ron­ment, fail­ing to pro­vide a suit­able diet and fail­ing to pro­tect the an­i­mals from pain, in­jury, suf­fer­ing and disease.

Both men were given 12-week prison sen­tences, sus­pended for 12 months, by mag­is­trates in Hull.

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