A MAN who wasted £95,000 after his life spiralled out of control has appeared in court for animal neglect.
Martin Brewer pleaded guilty at Fareham Magistrates’ Court after his dog Prince was found locked in a house without food and water.
The dog was rescued by the RSPCA after they received a complaint in April.
The court heard Brewer had stopped caring about himself and the property, which was found in ‘disgusting’ conditions, after his alcohol addiction worsened following the death of his mother in 2013.
Bill Charlton, defending Brewer, said: ‘He has always been a drinker but he deteriorated when his mother passed away. He received £95,000 from her estate and, along with a younger girlfriend who was addicted to heroin, they spent it all in 18 months.’
Mr Charlton added the relationship broke down and Brewer stopped caring about himself and the property. He was not entitled to benefits as it was deemed by the Department of Work and Pensions that the £95,000 should have lasted 10 years.
Prince was left to suffer in a disgusting environment, in a room where filth covered the walls and the floor was covered with broken wine bottles.RSPCA Inspector Jenny Ride
Following the hearing, Brewer was banned from owning animals for the next five years.
The court heard that on arrival, the RSPCA inspector saw damp on the walls of the property, in Penhale Gardens, Titchfield, and animal faeces all over the floor. She also found cigarette butts, unknown tablets and glass on the floor with an animal cage covered in mess.
Prince had matted fur and was thin with his legs stained yellow and brown.
Since being found, the dog has been living at the Stubbington Ark.
RSPCA inspector Jenny Ride said: ‘We are pleased with the sentence the defendant received and hope that it serves as a lesson to others that owning an animal is a big responsibility.
‘Prince was left to suffer in a disgusting environment, in a room where filth covered the walls and the floor was covered with broken wine bottles.
‘There were flies everywhere and when I found him he was in a terrible state – he was hungry and bedraggled.’
She added Prince has made a full recovery and Stubbington Ark will be looking to rehome him soon.
Chairman of the magistrates Graham Aiken sentenced Brewer, who lives at the Bugle Hotel in Titchfield, to a conditional discharge. Brewer also signed a form which relieved him from being the owner of Prince.
Anyone interested in giving Prince a home should contact Stubbington Ark on 01329 667541.