Lifetime ban from owning dogs for American airman

An American airman who starved his pet dogs, until one died and two were ‘skin and bones’ has been given a lifetime ban from owning dogs.

Miles Rafanan Rodriguez, 24, pleaded guilty to three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on September 20.

Today Rodriguez, of RAF Mildenhall, was sentenced to eight weeks in custody suspended for one year with one year of supervision.

He was also told to complete 140 hours of unpaid work and pay £3,255 in costs.

On September 20, this year, the court heard Rodriguez’s neglect of his pets left a tan and white Staffordshire bull terrier named Dougie and a tan and silver Yorkshire terrier named Louie so malnourished their body condition was rated one out of nine, the lowest it can be scored.

A third dog, Mac, was later found dead by RSPCA inspector Richard Lythgoe on land adjoining Rodriguez’s rented accommodation in Thyme Close, Red Lodge.

Mac was a black and white Staffordshire bull terrier, aged between six months and one year,

Speaking after the sentencing, RSPCA inspector Richard Lythgoe said: “Pleased with the sentence, it was a bad case of neglect.

“To find dogs so thin and another dog dead you realise how lucky we were to get there when we did.

“It’s one of the worst cases I have seen - every single bone was visible and the dog I found was in a really bad way.”

Dougie and Louie have now been rehomed and restored to good health.

Full report in tomorrow’s Bury Free Press.