A MAN loved two dogs he owned — even though both were found covered in scars inside a Bulwell shed, Nottingham magistrates heard.
Jermaine Simson (24) admitted possessing the dogs, Jealous and Ginge, which are banned and dangerous pit bull terrier types.
The dogs had a total of 139 scars between them when RSPCA and police officers visited the windowless shed on Abercarn Close.
When questioned, Simson said he was unaware that the dogs were of a prohibited breed.
He was initially charged with eight offences, which included causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and failing to prevent the dogs from being in a fight with another dog. But the prosecution withdraw all but the possession charge.
Maria Moore (prosecuting) told the court that dog excrement and urine could be smelt ten feet away from the shed.
One of the dogs was in a cage without water and the second had a bowl of dirty water to drink from, the court heard. Piles of faeces and a blanket soaked with urine were found in the shed.
Ms Moore said both dogs were aggressive and they had to be sedated before they were taken away on December 27 last year to be examined.
Simson said he bought Jealous for £200 when she was a pup from a friend, thinking she was a Staffordshire bull terrier. Ginge was among pups born to Jealous.
The court heard that the dogs fought when Simson was not present because he was their ‘master’. He had been living at his grandparents’ house and kept the dogs in the shed so that they would not be left with the responsibility.
Ms Moore said the dogs attacked each other but nobody else.
Christine Luckock, for Simson, said the dogs were seen by the RSPCA and police last August when Simson’s ex-girlfriend ‘wanted them out’ and the animals had a fight in front of the officers.
The dogs were given back to Simson and he was not told about the breed being banned, said Ms Luckock. She claimed that Simson had not had time to clear the mess in the shed or fill the bowls with water. The dogs were not emaciated or below weight and had not been starved or abused.
Ms Lucock said Simson had been sleeping ‘here, there and everywhere’ and the dogs remained with him while he was at his grandparents’ home.
The court heard that the case had cost more than £3,000, including vets’ bills and boarding fees. The magistrates adjourned sentence until Tuesday September 25 and Simson was granted uncondition bail.
The bench has yet to decide whether Simson should pay part of the costs and a decision must also be made on whether the dogs, which are currently in kennels, should be destoyed.