A man was arrested on a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal after dumping a sick dog in a cemetery and leaving it there to die, according to the police in the United Kingdom.
Now, 41-year-old Gordon Roach of Birkenhead, has been sentenced to serve 4 weeks in prison, which was suspended for two years.
Roach was also banned from owning a pet for five years after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
The Wirral Magistrates’ Court heard that the ten-year-old dog named Elmo, was found by a member of the public in the Flaybrick Cemetery, in a poor condition.
An examination by a vet showed that it had suffered many fractures, which was later found to be due to a bone condition.
Twenty-four hours before Elmo was found, Elmo’s owner asked Roach to take the dog away as she was struggling to care for it.
Roach put Elmo in a shopping cart, and instead of taking it to the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), he dumped it in a secluded part of the cemetery.
Elmo was there for 24 hours, in the freezing cold. The temperature exacerbated the bone condition and it was in a lot of pain.
When the dog was eventually found, it had to be put to sleep forever.