court heard some dogs were kept in almost total darkness
found dogs kept on soiled bedding and kennels smelling of urine at Swansea's
greyhound stadium. One animal had an open cut on its tail with blood smeared
across its kennel wall, magistrates in the city heard. Other dogs were roaming
loose and there was an open bin bag and a block of frozen meat dumped on
Short, 64, who lives at the track in Fforestfach run by his ex-wife, admitted
one offence under the Animal Welfare Act and must pay £515. Kelly
Byrne, prosecuting on behalf of Swansea council, told the court environmental
health officers visited the stadium on 5 March this year. She said they
found the greyhound kennels were of a "very poor standard". As
well as the soiled bedding and general disrepair some dogs were kept in
poor light "with some kennels in complete darkness".
who was called to look at the dog with the open wound thought it was at
least a week old, said Ms Byrne. Short told officers that he had been treating
the dog but it must have "eaten the bandages".
pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and was before the court for sentencing.
In mitigation Craig Davies said his client had been involved with racing
dogs for 55 years and had never been in trouble before. He said Short was
in poor health which had made it difficult for him to care for the dogs
kept at the track, although he did receive daily assistance from the Greyhound
Trust. Mr Davies argued that many of the problems "were cosmetic"
and that Short had been treating the injured animal.
He said since the incident the kennels had been refurbished but Short's
ex-wife only had one year left on her lease for the site so the stadium
would close within a year.
was fined £250, ordered to pay £250 towards prosecution costs
and a £15 victim surcharge.