Burntwood man’s two year ban from keeping animals after “starved” rabbits are found dead in his garden

A Burntwood man has been disqualified from keeping animals for two years after two emaciated rabbits were found dead in his garden.

Paul Poyner, of High Street in Chase Terrace, pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to two animals between March 23 and April 12 this year.

The 36-year-old appeared at Stafford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (October 7) where he was disqualified from keeping animals for two years, told to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £1,465.91.

The rabbits found dead in Paul Poyner's garden. Pic: RSPCA

The rabbits found dead in Paul Poyner’s garden. Pic: RSPCA

A member of the public contacted the RSPCA’s national cruelty helpline to say there were two dead animals in Poyner’s garden. An inspector visited and found the bodies of a black rabbit and a white rabbit.

RSPCA inspector Kate Levesley said: “A post-mortem examination showed that they had been starved, possibly for as long as two weeks. These two rabbits would have suffered a great deal.

“It is so important to look after pets which are kept outside just as well as you would with pets who live inside your house, particularly as it gets colder and people are going outside in their gardens less.”

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1 Comment

  1. concerned member of public

    24th October, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    My concern is that he is allowed to work as a care worker, looking after vulnerable people and he cannot even look after 2 rabbits