A cruel owner has been banned from ever having a pet again after he wrapped his dog in a carpet and dumped him because he was ill.
Paul James was pulled up in court after causing his dog, Max, ‘unnecessary suffering’ by wrapping him in the old carpet and abandoning him at the side of the road.
Max, a Golden Retriever-cross, was ill with a severe ear infection.
But instead of getting medical help, James rolled him up and dumped him at a fly-tipping spot near Fochriw Mountain, Caerphilly, South Wales.
James was arrested following a RSCPA appeal to trace Max’s owner.
He later admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and three animal welfare offences.
Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard the lack of attention Max got for his ‘severely infected’ right ear caused it to poison the rest of his body.
He was later put to sleep.
James, from Abertillery, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for one year, and banned from keeping animals for the rest of his life.
He was also ordered to pay £515 in costs and a victim surcharge.
RSCPA inspector Annie Simmonds said: ‘It was heartbreaking that in this dog’s moment of need, instead of companionship and compassion, his owner chose to dump him like this, to die alone and suffering.’