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Blackburn man left rabbit in filthy hutch
4:14pm Friday 28th September 2012 in News
A LOP-eared rabbit called Claude was found in cramped, dirty conditions by an RSPCA inspector.
Blackburn magistrates heard 23-year-old Matthew Vernon accepted responsibility for neglecting the animal.
And the court was told he should have known better because his parents, who he lived with, were both banned from keeping animals for life as a result of an earlier RSPCA prosecution.
Vernon, of Lytham Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to provide a suitable environment, failing to ensure an adequate diet for Claude and failing to protect him from pain, injury, suffering and disease.
He was disqualified from keeping any animal for five years and ordered to pay £250 costs.
Chris Wyatt, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said the rabbit was found to be living in a small hutch, on about two inches of excrement.
It had no bedding or food and appeared lethargic. Claude had matted fur, overgrown claws and his eyes were watering.
When he was interviewed Vernon said he had Claude since 2008.
Damian Pickup, defending, said a relationship breakdown, his father having a stroke and the pressure of working towards a masters degree had distracted Vernon.
Mr Pickup said: “He and his parents are relieved to hear the rabbit has been found another home where it is receiving the care it deserves.”