Professional Dog-Handler Jailed For Allowing Dog To Die Of Heatstroke


A security firm worker who allowed a dog to die of heatstroke in a van has been jailed for three months, the RSPCA said tonight.Lee Ellerton, 37, was also banned from keeping all animals for life after being found guilty at Stoke-on-Trent Magistrates’ Court of six charges under the Animal Welfare Act.

The RSPCA said the sentence handed down to Ellerton, of Burslem, Staffordshire, should send out a message that such offences were unacceptable.The defendant, a professional dog-handler, left two dogs in a van parked in Abbey Hulton on July 1 last year, one of the hottest days of last summer.In a statement issued after today’s hearing, the RSPCA said a member of the public had alerted the charity to the dogs’ plight.


Inspector Julie Lyons was sent to the scene but one of the dogs, a tan German shepherd named Sky, had already died.The second dog, a black and tan German shepherd called Duke, had collapsed and was unable to move.He was taken to a vet and was put to sleep to prevent further suffering following a desperate attempt to revive him.Vets later confirmed that both the dogs suffered undue stress and preventable deaths due to hyperthermia and heatstroke.

Commenting on the outcome of the court case, Ms Lyons said: ‘Although I am sure Mr Ellerton never intended his dogs to suffer in this way, I found this whole situation to be wholly unacceptable.’Mr Ellerton is a professional dog-handler and should not under any circumstances have left the dogs in the van.’This sentence sends out the clear signal that such behaviour is not acceptable – we have repeatedly asked members of the public not to take their animals out if they are going to be leaving them on a hot day.’These two dogs sadly paid the ultimate price for their owner’s lack of common sense.’

The case comes several days after New Orleans police officer Nikia Adams was arrested on animal cruelty charges after two of her dogs were found severely malnourished.Adams, who is now out on bond, was arrested after animal shelter authorities contacted police after they were called to her home to remove a dead dog.



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. smith
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 04:46:54

    I found your blog post while searching Google. Very relevant especially as this is not an issue which a lot of peaople know that well……..


  2. mike
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 07:06:40

    GOOD! It’s about time people got sentences for animal cruelty and rank carelessness.


  3. daNE
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 07:07:34

    A fat lazy lazy swine,Should have been given at least ten years !


  4. TRACY
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 07:08:12

    That picture is awful.

    A professional dog handler? Dont make me laugh!

    Its surely common knowledge that you simply should not leave a dog in an unattended vehicle in warm weather.

    Those poor, poor dogs.


  5. manon
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 07:08:35

    Good – and make sure he does the full three months….


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