A farmer who broke an eight-year ban on keeping dogs has been jailed.
David William Lloyd Thomas, 56, of Cwm Bowydd Farm, Blaenau Ffestiniog, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a hound by kicking it and failing to properly care for 29 dogs and two ferrets.
His defense argued that he did not intend to cause suffering to animals or fox hunting elements.
Thomas was handed a 24-week sentence during a hearing at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
He was also given a new 10-year ban on keeping dogs or ferrets, having previously been banned in 2018 following a badger-baiting case.
The three violations were discovered during a November 2021 monitoring operation by the League Against Cruel Sports.
District Judge Gwyn Jones told him: “I am very satisfied that this is a willful, deliberate and persistent breach of the order.
“No doubt you would hope that over time people would no longer be concerned about how you treat animals.”
The case was brought by the RSPCA who used footage recorded by the League Against Cruel Sports as evidence.
When the RSPCA and North Wales Police visited the farm, they found a terrier cross alone in a dark barn, tied to a wall and surrounded by its own excrement.
There was no natural light in the barn and the inspector had to use a torch to see it.
A black female patterdale terrier was also found kept in a very small cage which was rusted, covered in straw and had a plastic bag inside, along with a dry overturned bowl.
A black male terrier was found with an injured jaw and his face was scarred. He had a wet kennel full of dirt and feces and a water bowl that had discolored orange water in it.
Two ferrets were also found without water.
His defense lawyer, Michael Strain, said he was “under the microscope for four days” and there was no wanton attempt to cause suffering to animals or evidence of fox hunting.
His son Thomas Carwyn Lloyd Fazakerley, 18, of the same address, admitted failing to provide a suitable environment for 29 dogs at a hearing held last November.
During Monday’s hearing he was ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work, pay £600 costs and was banned from owning dogs for 10 years.
After the case, RSPCA Chief Inspector Ian Briggs said: “It was very sad to see these animals living in such appalling conditions without provision for their basic needs.
“The dogs were in the care of the RSPCA and will be rehomed after this case is concluded.”