Kirkby Man admits dog neglect

A KIRKBY man has admitted neglecting his dog after it was found to be underweight and living in a ‘disgusting’ pen.

David Olphert, of Spinney Close, pleaded guilty to two offences of failing to meet the welfare needs of his white American bulldog at a hearing before Mansfield magistrates last Wednesday.

The offences took place in January and February and relate to Olphert (41) failing to give the animal a suitable diet and living environment.

Prosecutor Brian Orsborn said that when RSPCA inspectors went to Olphert’s home, they found the dog locked up in a pen that had not been cleaned for some time. The bitch was described by a vet as being ‘very underweight’.

Police were called and the animal was taken away and has now been re-homed.

Deborah Bell, defending, said Olphert, an alcoholic, was ‘terribly distressed’ about what he had done, but had been driven back to drinking following the breakdown of his 11-year-long relationship and had been unable to look after himself or his dog. He had also failed to attend an RSPCA interview because he was ashamed.

Magistrates warned Olphert he could face a community punishment, but the case was adjourned until 15th June for reports.