Burnley dog owner avoids jail after allowing pet to starve to death

Burnley dog owner avoids jail after allowing pet to starve to death

Burnley dog owner avoids jail after allowing pet to starve to death

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A BURNLEY man has avoided jail after he let one of his dogs starve to death.

Damien Jon Stevenson was hauled before the courts by the RSPCA over his treatment of Kido, a black and white Jack Russell, and Bella, a female American bulldog.

An investigation was launched by the charity after concerns about the care of the two dogs at a house in Randall Street.

Pictures taken by inspectors show Kido lying dead on a dirty wooden floor beside a knocked-over plant, filthy cushion, and a mop bucket lying on its side.

Another shows starving American bulldog Bella, her ribs clearly visible.

It was Stevenson’s treatment of the pair that led to Kido’s death, town magistrates heard.

The 37-year-old, now of Browhead Road, Burnley, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to Kido by failing to provide a ‘nutritional and wholesome diet’, including fresh drinking water on dates before February 17, 2013.

He also pleaded guilty to a similar charge involving Bella over the same time period.

He was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months after what magistrates described as the ‘complete and total neglect of the dogs’, leading to the death of one of them.

The defendant was also placed under probation service supervision for 12 months and ordered to pay £300 court costs with an £80 victim surcharge.

Magistrates also banned him from keeping any animals for a period of 10 years.

The order also deprives Stevenson of the ownership of Bella and any of her puppies.

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11:22am Mon 2 Jun 14

K7****7 says...

The sentence he got was a joke. The scumbag should have gone to prison and why is he allowed to own a dog in 10 years time.
The sentence he got was a joke. The scumbag should have gone to prison and why is he allowed to own a dog in 10 years time. K7****7
  • Score: 29

11:22am Mon 2 Jun 14

woodgreensue says...

I am sure with such a "severe" punishment he will have learnt his lesson, cruelty to not one to two animals and he gets away with it, PATHETIC, but because he plead guilty his sentence was lenient no doubt, what else could he do when the pictures would speak for themselves. Sorry magistrates its really not good enough, too many people are getting away with cruel acts nowadays.
Those poor dogs could do nothing to help themselves they were at his mercy, and much good it did them too, whilst he gets away with a slap on the hand, one dog dies and another nearly dies. what a pathetic world we live in
I am sure with such a "severe" punishment he will have learnt his lesson, cruelty to not one to two animals and he gets away with it, PATHETIC, but because he plead guilty his sentence was lenient no doubt, what else could he do when the pictures would speak for themselves. Sorry magistrates its really not good enough, too many people are getting away with cruel acts nowadays. Those poor dogs could do nothing to help themselves they were at his mercy, and much good it did them too, whilst he gets away with a slap on the hand, one dog dies and another nearly dies. what a pathetic world we live in woodgreensue
  • Score: 29

11:38am Mon 2 Jun 14

Ian123xyz says...

One dog starved to death another almost starved to death and we are left with this scumbag who we will probably have to provide for for the rest of his miserable life.
One dog starved to death another almost starved to death and we are left with this scumbag who we will probably have to provide for for the rest of his miserable life. Ian123xyz
  • Score: 25

11:59am Mon 2 Jun 14

woolywords says...

As a nation of pet lovers, we should hang our heads in shame that, those whom are supposed to mete out justice on our behalf, have chose this, the most derisory of sentences, to apportion.
Much as Heinrich Heine wrote that, Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings... What, pray tell, is the future of this man's children, that most treasured of lifes assets, if he allowed to 'get away', with such despicable crimes?
Whilst I accept that, Justice is blind, do I have to accept that, now it is daft too?
I think not!

The DPP should revisit this case, and by that, appeal against it's outcome, before the vast majority of us, decline the avenues of the Law, in favour of mob justice.
If the Law is to prevail, then this travesty of it, deserves another look.
As a nation of pet lovers, we should hang our heads in shame that, those whom are supposed to mete out justice on our behalf, have chose this, the most derisory of sentences, to apportion. Much as Heinrich Heine wrote that, Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings... What, pray tell, is the future of this man's children, that most treasured of lifes assets, if he allowed to 'get away', with such despicable crimes? Whilst I accept that, Justice is blind, do I have to accept that, now it is daft too? I think not! The DPP should revisit this case, and by that, appeal against it's outcome, before the vast majority of us, decline the avenues of the Law, in favour of mob justice. If the Law is to prevail, then this travesty of it, deserves another look. woolywords
  • Score: 17

1:07pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Bluelizzy says...

If you are going to give him a 12 week jail sentence... don't suspend it... make it immediate and with no food and water. That is called j u s t i c e !
Nice to see the £300 court costs did not get omitted #prioroties
If you are going to give him a 12 week jail sentence... don't suspend it... make it immediate and with no food and water. That is called j u s t i c e ! Nice to see the £300 court costs did not get omitted #prioroties Bluelizzy
  • Score: 19

5:30pm Mon 2 Jun 14

johnley says...

words just fail me, what the hell is going on. At least put a pitcher of this scum bag in the paper, it would of been nice to notice this thing, as you pass him in the street,
words just fail me, what the hell is going on. At least put a pitcher of this scum bag in the paper, it would of been nice to notice this thing, as you pass him in the street, johnley
  • Score: 11

5:47pm Mon 2 Jun 14

gazzandste says...

Bluelizzy wrote:
If you are going to give him a 12 week jail sentence... don't suspend it... make it immediate and with no food and water. That is called j u s t i c e !
Nice to see the £300 court costs did not get omitted #prioroties
No they didn`t , because the tax payer`s will have to pay it for him out of his benefits. The despicable of all low lives in this country, is this one, I only hope somebody knows him and treats him the same.
[quote][p][bold]Bluelizzy[/bold] wrote: If you are going to give him a 12 week jail sentence... don't suspend it... make it immediate and with no food and water. That is called j u s t i c e ! Nice to see the £300 court costs did not get omitted #prioroties[/p][/quote]No they didn`t , because the tax payer`s will have to pay it for him out of his benefits. The despicable of all low lives in this country, is this one, I only hope somebody knows him and treats him the same. gazzandste
  • Score: 10

6:14pm Mon 2 Jun 14

zabby says...

Unbelievable how much cruelty. And pain do you need to inflict on innocent animals,before getting a prison sentence,the sad thing is at duke bar the underclass scumbags now outnumber normal decent folk,these underclass scum wouldn't have any concerns for animal welfare,all they want is benefits alcohol and smack
Unbelievable how much cruelty. And pain do you need to inflict on innocent animals,before getting a prison sentence,the sad thing is at duke bar the underclass scumbags now outnumber normal decent folk,these underclass scum wouldn't have any concerns for animal welfare,all they want is benefits alcohol and smack zabby
  • Score: 10

8:18pm Mon 2 Jun 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Magistrates court. What a joke an utter joke hang your head in shame judge.
Magistrates court. What a joke an utter joke hang your head in shame judge. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 11

11:29pm Mon 2 Jun 14

noddy57 says...

K7****7 wrote:
The sentence he got was a joke. The scumbag should have gone to prison and why is he allowed to own a dog in 10 years time.
where is the justice in that sentence ? a bloody disgrace!!
[quote][p][bold]K7****7[/bold] wrote: The sentence he got was a joke. The scumbag should have gone to prison and why is he allowed to own a dog in 10 years time.[/p][/quote]where is the justice in that sentence ? a bloody disgrace!! noddy57
  • Score: 4

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