Dorset man who abandoned pet birds given 5-year animal ban

A MAN who deserted his pet birds has been given a suspended jail sentence and banned from conserving animals for 5 years.

Robin Thomas O’Connor, 61 and of Junction Street, Poole, was taken to courtroom by the RSPCA after the charity launched an investigation following a report from a involved resident.

The animal group obtained a name from a member of the general public on September 7, 2019, who feared that there have been lifeless and dying birds at O’Connor’s tackle after not seeing him visiting the property for a protracted time frame.

RSPCA officers and police arrived at his flat the identical day and located there was no electrical energy throughout the property so torches have been used.

One room appeared to have been transformed into an aviary and contained quite a lot of free standing parrot cages and two giant picket function constructed cages.

Two of the cages every contained a lifeless Congo African Gray parrot. Beneath one cage, specified by a black plastic tray, have been two extra lifeless birds.

Inside one of many two giant function constructed picket cages have been two stay Bourkes Parakeets and one lifeless hen.

Two of the residing birds discovered within the flat. Image: RSPCA

The lifeless hen was on the ground in the midst of the cage and in a rear nook there have been the stays of one other hen.

The second giant function constructed picket cage was one other parakeet kind hen flying free throughout the cage.

Dorset Echo: One of the three living birds found at the flat. Picture: RSPCAOne of many three residing birds discovered on the flat. Image: RSPCA

A boiler cabinet throughout the flat had additionally been transformed right into a hen cage with a picket and mesh door which had three lifeless birds mendacity on the ground.

Not one of the aviaries contained water and appeared to haven’t been not too long ago cleaned out, with hen droppings and meals waste scattered over the flooring.

O’Connor was sentenced at Poole Magistrates’ Courtroom on Thursday, February 4, after beforehand admitting three animal welfare offences.

RSPCA inspector Graham Hammond, who led the charity’s enquiries, stated: “The wants of the birds on this case had not been met. The setting they have been present in was filthy and required a deep clear, lifeless decaying birds in with stay birds, no electrical energy and due to this fact no UV provision.

“Lots of the birds have been discovered with out meals and water, some clearly skinny because of this.

“They have been additionally not shielded from ache, slowly ravenous to loss of life. Birds don’t retailer fats in the identical manner as mammals and require a constant weight-reduction plan and entry to water.

“O’Connor was in sole care of those birds and did not take any proactive motion to forestall the loss of life of many birds.

“There’s by no means an excuse for merely strolling away and leaving an animal. There’s assist obtainable for many who, for no matter purpose, discover themselves unable to offer for his or her animals and we encourage individuals to hunt out this assist, slightly than abandoning any animal.”

Dorset Echo: The living birds have been rehomed. Picture: RSPCAThe residing birds have been rehomed. Image: RSPCA

The three surviving birds have all discovered new properties since their rescue.

Alongside an 18-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, and a five-year animal ban, O’Connor should perform 200 hours unpaid work, 20 rehabilitation exercise requirement days and pay £400 prices and a £128 sufferer surcharge.

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