The last days of Christmas have brought a 12-month animal ban for a pensioner who kept 93 creatures at his Lancaster caravans – all that was missing was a partridge in a pear tree.
The menagerie kept by 69-year-old Harold Dixon included:
The pensioner, of Quernmore Road, Lancaster, failed to ensure the needs of the animals he was responsible for were met, didn’t get appropriate vet care and failed to ensure the pets had the right food and fresh drinking water.
He has been disqualified from keeping animals for 12 months under Section 34 of the Animals Welfare Act.
In court, Dixon was found to, on or before September 18, 2014 , to have failed to ensure the needs of the animals he was responsible for were met.
He also failed on or before September 18, 2014, to ensure the animals had the right food and fresh drinking water.
Between September 15 and September 18, 2014, he failed to seek the correct veterinary care for an injured black and white lurcher dog. Dixon was made subject to a deprivation order, depriving him of ownership of the animals and any of the animals dependant offspring. Under Section 34 of the Animal Welfare Act, he was disqualified from owning or keeping animals for 12 months.
He was ordered to pay £250 court costs.
The RSPCA, who prosecuted the case, have applied to Lancaster Magistrates Court for an order to remove the animals into their possession with boarding costs of £3000 to £4000 a week.
The hearing will take place on January 12, 2015.