Man jailed for dog cruelty in Sudbury
A man has been given a jail sentence relating to neglect and cruelty to dogs in Sudbury.
Justin Dyer, aged 43 and from Talbot Road in the town, was sentenced to 26 weeks in jail at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Saturday 5 November. He was also given an additional six-month jail sentence after breaching a suspended sentence for possession of a machete following an offence in 2021. This will run consecutively to the 26-week sentence, and it equates to a year in custody.
He was convicted in his absence on 26 October after failing to appear before court for seven animal welfare act offences relating to neglect and cruelty and one offence of breeding and selling dogs without a licence.
Having been arrested on warrant in London on Friday night (4 November), he was presented to Ipswich Magistrates Court for sentencing on the Saturday.
He was also given a 15-year ban on owning, keeping, or having anything to do with looking after animals and he was also ordered to pay around £6,200 in costs and compensation.
Led by Sgt Brian Calver from the Rural and Wildlife team, supported by local Sudbury police officers and aided by vets, the RSPCA, and an environmental health officer from Babergh District Council, the discovery was made on Thursday 10 February this year.
They discovered the animals were being kept in abject squalor and eight dogs were seized, including two puppies – the breeds of dogs were American Bulldog cross breeds and Shar Pei.
Dyer was arrested the same day on February 10 and later charged with the offences.
Sgt Brian Calver of Suffolk Police’s Rural and Wildlife Crime team, said:
”This was a particularly unpleasant case, where a number of dogs were kept in the most appalling conditions, purely for selfish financial gain, with no consideration for their welfare. Dyer has shown no remorse and I hope he reflects upon the harm he’s caused whilst he serves his term of imprisonment.
“I sincerely hope this sends a strong message to others that think it’s acceptable to profit from dogs with no consideration for their welfare, or those that fail to look after their pets properly.”
Cllr Elisabeth Malvisi, cabinet member for environment at Babergh District Council, said:
“This conviction is clearly a great result. It shows the vital importance of ensuring that businesses are licenced and maintain satisfactory standards, and it also sends a clear message that breaches will not be tolerated.
“We will not hesitate to act - working with other agencies as appropriate - when animals involved in any business are at risk."