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Allotment owners jailed for 16 weeks

Two men have been jailed for their treatment of chickens and ducks. The birds were found in “filthy conditions” at a Gilfach Goch allotment in Rhondda Cynon Taf (South Wales) by the RSPCA.

Chase Alan English and Dean Evans, both of Gilfach Goch, Porth, pleaded guilty to three Animal Welfare Act offences concerning the birds. They have been banned indefinitely from keeping domestic fowl. English and Evans were each also told to pay a £115 victim surcharge. The men were both jailed for for 16 weeks each.

RSPCA Cymru attended a Gilfach Goch allotment to find birds kept in deeply inappropriate conditions, and many appearing very hungry. The animals involved were the responsibility of both men, as part of an agreement reached concerning the stocking of an allotment they were jointly responsible for.

It is believed the men failed to communicate effectively who would provide day-to-day care care for the fowl, which led to “shocking levels” of neglect. A number of birds were found dead at the allotment. Another bird died in veterinary care. The men admitted causing unnecessary suffering to 17 domestic fowls, by failing to ensure they had a nutritionally balanced diet.

English and Evans also pleaded guilty to failing to meet the needs of 20 domestic fowls, including a failure to provide a suitable environment, and a suitable diet.

RSPCA inspector Simon Evans said:

“These poor domestic fowl were left in hugely inappropriate conditions, and subjected to shocking levels of neglect.”

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