[Updated with photos of the dog] In Magistrates Court this morning [Aug 22] former Prison Officer’s Association president Craig Clarke pleaded guilty to a charge that he had willfully caused unnecessary suffering to an animal – a 13-year-old dog.
Police and SPCA evidence was that responding to calls from neighbours, they had attended Mr Clarke’s North Shore Pembroke residence and had found the dog lying down and in a severely emaciated state with protruding bones, fleas and other issues. The Court heard that the dog was starving, and was taken away to the SPCA shelter.
After three weeks in the vet’s care the dog, named Sapphire, had gained some weight but was found to be affected by several tumours and was put down. Mr Clarke told the Magistrate that the dog was old, he believed it was dying, and that he had chosen to “let the dog die a natural death.”
The Magistrate then ordered a Conditional Discharge but with the proviso that Mr Clarke must not keep a dog for the next twelve months. During the Court appearance, Mr Clarke also said he was no longer a Prison Officer, no longer President of the Prison Officer’s Association, and he hopes the press get that right.
Update 5.52pm: We have obtained photos of the dog from the SPCA . Due to the sensitivities involved, we have made them a link rather than place the actual photos on the page so viewers can decide whether or not to look at them. To view the photos click here, here, here, here and here.
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