A MAN who deserted his pet birds has been given a suspended jail sentence and banned from protecting animals for 5 years.
Robin Thomas O’Connor, 61 and of Junction Street, Poole, was taken to court docket 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 useless and dying birds at O’Connor’s deal with after not seeing him visiting the property for a chronic time frame.
RSPCA officers and police arrived at his flat the identical day and located there was no electrical energy inside the property so torches have been used.
One room appeared to have been transformed into an aviary and contained various free standing parrot cages and two giant picket goal constructed cages.
Two of the cages every contained a useless Congo African Gray parrot. Beneath one cage, specified by a black plastic tray, have been two extra useless birds.
Inside one of many two giant goal constructed picket cages have been two dwell Bourkes Parakeets and one useless chook.
The useless chook was on the ground in the midst of the cage and in a rear nook there have been the stays of one other chook.
The second giant goal constructed picket cage was one other parakeet kind chook flying free inside the cage.
A boiler cabinet inside the flat had additionally been transformed right into a chook cage with a picket and mesh door which had three useless birds mendacity on the ground.
Not one of the aviaries contained water and appeared to haven’t been just lately cleaned out, with chook 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 atmosphere they have been present in was filthy and required a deep clear, useless decaying birds in with dwell 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 protected against ache, slowly ravenous to demise. Birds don’t retailer fats in the identical approach 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 demise of many birds.
“There’s by no means an excuse for merely strolling away and leaving an animal. There’s assist accessible for individuals who, for no matter motive, discover themselves unable to supply for his or her animals and we encourage folks to hunt out this assist, slightly than abandoning any animal.”
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.