Man locked dog in crate to starve in 'shocking' animal cruelty

Daryl Torrance's pet had to be euthanised after being found 'in an emaciated and collapsed state'.

Man locked dog in crate to starve in ‘shocking’ animal cruelty in Ayrshire Supplied

A man has been jailed for locking his dog inside a crate with “food out of reach and no water” for several days.

Daryl Torrance, 34, of Mauchline, East Ayrshire, was sentenced to six months in prison and banned from owning animals for ten years at Ayr Sheriff Court after admitting a charge of animal neglect in October 2022.

After receiving an anonymous complaint, Scottish SPCA officers who broke into the property were met with a “with an overpowering stench of ammonia in the stairwell”.

The court heard that the officers discovered Torrance’s dog “in an emaciated and collapsed state”.

The pet, a male brindle and white crossbreed, was locked in a crate lying on a blanket soaked in urine and covered in faeces.

In the opposite corner of the crate was a bowl of untouched dog food that he would have been “unable to reach” and no water.

The court heard that the dog was so weak he couldn’t lift his head and had to be euthanised due to extreme suffering.

A microchip revealed that Torrance was the registered owner of the pet.

Torrance was also found to have failed to provide suitable living conditions to two other dogs and a cat.

Alistair Duncan, assistant procurator fiscal for North Strathclyde, said: “This was an appalling example of animal cruelty. This poor dog was left abandoned for a significant period and suffered the terrible consequences of Daryl Torrance’s shocking neglect.

“The law protects animals from harm and COPFS will continue to work robustly to ensure anyone who breaks the law faces prosecutorial action.”

Scottish SPCA inspector Caitin Rea said: “On October 24, 2022 we received a call via our animal helpline. The complaint was anonymous and raised concerns for a dog at Sorn Street. The caller was concerned that the dog was being left alone by the owner for long periods of time and was believed to be locked in the back room of the flat.

“We attended the property and we started abandonment procedures by putting tapes on the door and left a card through the letterbox asking the occupier to contact us as soon as possible.

“We also made contact with the local housing officer from East Ayrshire Council to gain access to the property to secure the welfare of any animals within.

“On Wednesday October 26, 2022 there had been no contact from the owner so entry was forced by Council joiners. As soon as we entered we were faced with an overpowering stench of ammonia in the stairwell.

“In the back bedroom of the property the smell of both ammonia and faeces was very prominent and there were several piles of faeces lying on the carpet in the bedroom.

“At the back of the bedroom was a medium sized dog crate with a cover over the top. We removed the cover and was shocked to discover a medium sized, male, brindle and white crossbreed type dog lying curled up in the corner of the crate.

“The dog was emaciated and in a collapsed state. He was so weak he couldn’t even lift his head.

“There was a bowl of untouched dog food at the other corner of the crate that he would have been unable to reach, and there was no water. He was lying on top of a blanket which was covered in urine and faeces.

“We removed the dog from the crate and wrapped him in a fresh blanket. The dog managed to find the energy to wag his tail, which was very distressing. It was clear to that this dog needed urgent veterinary attention.

“The vet recommended euthanasia based on welfare grounds due to the severity of the dog’s condition.

“We are pleased that Torrance received imprisonment and a ban on owning animals for ten years. His dog clearly endured suffering leading up to his death.

“The other two dogs were able to be rehabilitated and have since found new homes.

“If anyone is concerned about an animal, they can contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”

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