Man who left dog to survive by eating cats is jailed

by Mark James on September 29, 2011

A Wolverhampton man has been convicted of animal cruelty after it was discovered that he left his starving dog to eat the remains of other family pets.

Matthew Pearson, who lives on Graiseley Lane, Wednesfield, appeared before magistrates at Wolverhampton Court on 13th September.

The 28-year-old, who recently became a father, had confessed to charges of animal cruelty before his appearance, and hung his head in shame as he was handed down a jail sentence of 20 weeks, which included two-and-a-half months on license. He was then led away by officers to begin his stay at Her Majesty’s pleasure.

The court had heard the grisly details of his crime; Pearson’s parents had entrusted him to look after their two dogs, two cats, a hamster and a rat whilst they were enjoying an extended stay in Cornwall. However, Pearson betrayed their trust and left the animals to starve.

Roger Price, the prosecutor acting on behalf of the RSPCA, told the court that Pearson’s parents had left him the sum of £1,515 to feed their pets. Regardless of this, RSPCA inspectors found a shocking scene when they visited the house.

Buster, a collie cross, was curled up lifeless in his basket located in the kitchen. The rat and the hamster were dead, and inspector Jayne Bashford found the remains of the two cats. It was obvious that Beethoven, the family’s other collie-cross, had only survived by eating the felines.

Thankfully, Beethoven has now been rehoused with a loving family in the North West.

Pearson was also ordered to pay costs totalling £1,000, and banned from owning any pet for a decade by district judge Michael Weaver.

Umar Madni, representing Pearson, added that his client had been sacked from his job because of his actions.

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