POLICE raided the home of Nathan Sinnitt, 30, in relation to a suspected drugs farm.
What they didn’t expect, was to find Misty, a crippled Mastiff-type animal. The dog appeared calm but was unable to stand or walk properly.
RSPCA officers were called and the dog was taken to a vets. The vet noted that the dog was struggling with pressure sores and that her skin showed areas of excessive licking. The Mastiff struggled to put weight on her front legs and her back legs were uncoordinated, collapsing each time she tried to get up.
When questioned by prosecutors at the North Tyneside Magistrates Court, the owner, Sinnitt, admitted his pet hadn’t left the house in over eight months because of mobility issues.
Stewart Haywood, prosecuting, told magistrates that police raided Sinnitt’s home on August 12 this year before calling in the RSPCA on discovering Misty.
The vet who attended the animal confirmed that Misty had first appeared calm because of the effects of cannabis inhalation but when those effects wore off, the dog demonstrated extreme pain. Concluding that the most humane action was to put the pet to sleep, as reported by Chronicle Live.
Nathan Sinnitt leaves North Tyneside Magistrates Court having been found guilty of animal cruelty, he masked his pet’s extreme pain with second hand cannabis smoke inhalation instead of taking her to the vets.
It was also revealed that Sinnitt was entitled to PDSA treatment (A charity run service which cares for the well-being of pets) and lived just 200 yards from a vet.