BAn for mAn who lEft Dogs to DiE in hot CAr

Court told pets would have suf­fered panic, fear and stress

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A man who let his three dogs die in a bak­ing hot car in June has been banned from keep­ing an­i­mals for 10 years. Jonathan Theobald (65) of Lin­coln Road, Pe­ter­bor­ough, was vis­it­ing a gym in Hamp­ton when his three dogs - Daisy, Mitch and Ras­cal - where left in his car in the car park.

When he re­turned af­ter five hours in the gym, the three Staffordshire Bull Ter­rier-type dogs had died as a re­sult of the heat.

On Wednesday he ap­peared at Pe­ter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates Court, af­ter he pleaded guilty to caus­ing un­nec­es­sary cru­elty to a pro­tected an­i­mal at a pre­vi­ous hear­ing.

Wil­liam Pow­ell, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court a post mortem car­ried out on the three dogs showed they would have ‘shown signs of panic, fear stress and in­juries hav­ing tried to es­cape from the car.”

The­court­heard­staffatthe gym saw Theobald car­ry­ing the dogs around 3pm in what they thought wasanap­par­ent at­tempt to bury the dogs be­hind the gym - and they called the po­lice.

Richard Brown, de­fend­ing, said Theobald had been a ‘model dog owner’ be­fore the in­ci­dent, and had learnt his les­son from the case.

RSPCA in­spec­tor Justin Stubbs said tem­per­a­tures on the day­hadreached­about19C - and even mild tem­per­a­tures were dan­ger­ous to dogs.

He said: “This very sad story shows that the real­ity is that a dog left in a car faces a very prob­a­ble risk of suf­fer­ing, or pos­si­ble death. Even on a mild day, tem­per­a­tures in­side a parked car can soar very quickly.”

Theobald­wasal­so­ordered to pay£250pros­e­cu­tion­costs, avic­tim­sur­char­geof£115, and a £1,500 fine.

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