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PICTURES: Thamesmead man banned from owning animals after admitting animal cruelty

PUBLISHED: 10:24 29 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:17 29 August 2013

The dogs abandoned in a Thamesmead underpass

The dogs abandoned in a Thamesmead underpass

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A "remorseless" Thamesmead man pleads guilty after abandoning his two dogs in an underpass.

An injury suffered by one of the dogsAn injury suffered by one of the dogs

Michael Enright admitted six counts of animal cruelty and has been banned from owning animals for life after a mastiff and rottweiler were found in the busy underpass near Pettman Crescent in February this year.

The 25-year-old was also given a £1,500 fine and ordered to carry out 240 hours of community service at Bromley Magistrates’ on August 21.

Both dogs were malnourished and in poor condition having been loosely tied up to the railings for several hours by Enright, of Whinchat Road, until they were reported abandoned by concerned members of the public.

RSPCA inspector Kate Fletcher said: “The owner of the dogs never showed any signs of remorse for abandoning the dogs, neglecting to feed them, failing to look after them properly and failing to seek veterinary advice on a number of health issues. This was a cold-hearted, deliberate act of abandoning animals, without any emotion or care about the consequences of such a callous action.

An injury suffered by one of the dogsAn injury suffered by one of the dogs

“The good news is that Michael Enright won’t be allowed to own or neglect animals in the future and the sentence from the court sends a clear message that abandoning animals is against the law and can and will be prosecuted – and not just by the RSPCA.”

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