Man banned from keeping dogs after spaniel found left in trailer on Draycott park during summer heatwave

Published on: Friday, 23rd November 2018

A 67-year-old man from Dingwall in the Scottish Highlands has been banned from keeping dogs for a year after his spaniel was found left in a sweltering trailer in Draycott.

The incident happened earlier this year on the afternoon of Monday, July 23 when temperatures had reached 31 degrees.

Officers from the Long Eaton Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team were on routine patrol in the Draycott ‘MUGA’, a local park, when they came across a spaniel dog locked in a trailer.

The dog was clearly struggling in the heat and so forced-entry was gained and the dog recovered to a local kennels for treatment.

CCTV enquiries showed that the dog had been left in the trailer for 23 hours.

On Thursday, November 15, Alan Wagstaff of Conon Bridge, Dingwall, Scotland pleaded guilty at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, having been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal under the animal welfare act 2006.

Mr Wagstaff was ordered to complete 120 hours supervised and un-paid work, ordered to pay a total of £1,585 costs, had a deprivation order issued that denies him ownership of the spaniel and is now disqualified from owning another dog for a total of 12 months.

PCSO Matt Boyer was one of the officers, along with PCSO Karen Pykett, who found the spaniel, he said: “The dog was clearly struggling in the heat on what was one of the hottest days of the year.  We were so pleased we were able to get him out of the trailer to be cared for.  I hope now that the sentence gives Mr Wagstaff time to think about his actions and the suffering he caused so that he doesn’t do anything like this again.”

The spaniel dog, Kaffir, pictured here shortly after being recovered, is now very healthy, still in kennels and is due to be re-homed soon.

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