A MAN has been banned from keeping animals for five years following a prosecution brought by the RSPCA.

Jordan Will Townend, 23, of Whinney Hill Park, Brighouse, pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences.

The first related to causing unnecessary suffering to his Bedlington terrier type dog called Odi by failing to give him pain relief which had been prescribed by a vet following a fracture to the dog's leg.

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The second offence related to failing to protect Odi from pain, suffering, injury and disease. Both offences are contrary to the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

The court heard how Odi had previously sustained a broken hind leg in suspicious circumstances.

Vets operated on Odi to repair his leg, but after the operation Townend only gave Odi the prescribed medication and pain relief on one or two occasions meaning his dog would have experienced suffering for a week following surgery. 

While Odi was still recovering from surgery, Townend then allowed him to escape and during this episode Odi damaged his leg further. 

A vet found his damaged limb was swollen and painful and the pins in the metal frame that had been used to surgically repair his fracture were bent and protruding.

Townend was sentenced at Bradford Magistrates' Court on April 20.

In addition to the five year disqualification from keeping all animals, magistrates also handed him a 12-month conditional discharge.

Odi received treatment and care at the RSPCA hospital and was discharged once his limb fracture had fully healed. 

The RSPCA said Odi has since been rehomed to a "loving new family".