A farmer who flouted an eight-year ban on dog ownership has been jailed.
David William Lloyd Thomas, 56, of Cwm Bowydd Farm, Blaenau Ffestiniog, admitted causing needless suffering to a dog by kicking it and not taking proper care of 29 dogs and two ferrets.
His defense argued that Thomas had no intention of harming animals.
Thomas was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison during a hearing at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
He was also given a new 10-year ban from owning dogs or ferrets after being banned back in 2018 following a badger baiting case.
The three violations were identified during a November 2021 surveillance operation by the League Against Cruel Sports.
District Judge Gwyn Jones told him: “I’m quite pleased that this was a willful, willful and persistent breach of the order.
“No doubt you would have hoped that over time, people wouldn’t care how you treat animals.”
The case was brought by the RSPCA, which used footage captured by the League Against Cruel Sports as supporting evidence.
When RSPCA and North Wales Police visited the farm, they found a terrier cross alone in a dark barn, tied to a wall and surrounded by its own faeces.
There was no natural light in the barn and the inspector had to use a flashlight to see him.
A black female Patterdale Terrier type was also found in a very small cage, rusty and covered with straw, with a plastic bag inside, next to a dry inverted bowl.
A black male Patterdale terrier was found with an injured jaw and scarred face. He had a wet kennel full of dirt and excrement and a water bowl filled with orange-colored water.
Two ferrets were also found without water.
Defense attorney Michael Strain said he was “under a microscope for four days” and that there had been no baseless attempt to harm animals.
Thomas’ son Carwyn Lloyd Fazakerley, 18, of the same address, admitted at a hearing last November that he had failed to provide 29 dogs with a suitable environment.
During Monday’s hearing, he was ordered to do 160 hours of unpaid work, pay £600 in expenses and was banned from owning dogs for 10 years.
After the fall, Ian Briggs, Chief Inspector of the RSPCA, said: “It was very sad to see these animals living in such appalling conditions without their basic needs being met.
“The dogs were in the care of the RSPCA and will now be moved to a new home following the conclusion of this case.”