A GREAT-GRANDAD who kept over 100 birds in “shocking” conditions has received a suspended prison sentence.
Malcolm Spencer, 67, of New Bolsover in Bolsover, pleaded guilty to 34 offences concerning bird welfare, after an RSPCA investigation.
Chesterfield Magistrates sentenced Spencer to four months in prison, suspended for two years.
The court were shown a DVD taken by RSPCA officers at the widower’s home – which showed parrots living in ‘very poor conditions’. In some cages, there were up to six inches of debris including faeces and rotten food, and no access to water.
Outside in a household bin there was a dead bullfinch. In Spencer’s allotment nearby officers found aviaries containing wild birds in poor conditions, empty cages and traps, several dead birds and evidence of vermin. In the DVD, an RSPCA inspector said he believed the area had been left ‘intentionally overgrown’ to attract wild birds.
The court heard ‘unnecessary suffering’ had been caused to a skylark, whitethroat and mealy redpoll which had, respectively, faecal balling of the feet, feather loss and a parasitic condition.
RSPCA Insp Carroll Lamport said the conditions were shocking.
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