Man who left two dogs to die in hot car walks free from court

WARNING, DISTRESSING CONTENT Story from Jam Press (Dog Deaths) Pictured: One of the dogs that was still alive, Yardie, is seen in the back of the car and then being transported to the closest vets for emergency treatment but sadly had to be put down. VIDEO: Man given community sentence after leaving two dogs in hot car to die ??? where police found them covered in diarrhoea and flies A man has been given a community sentence after leaving two dogs to die in a hot car during 24-degree weather. Richard Anthony Armstrong, 46, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to his two dogs after keeping them in a car during hot weather on 20 April 2019. Metropolitan Police officers were called to an address in Ilford that day after reports of dogs inside a vehicle. When they arrived, they found one of the two Belgian Malinois ??? which were used for security work ??? dead in the boot of the car, while the second pup had collapsed but was still breathing. Police body camera footage shows Armstrong explaining to officers that the dogs, named Hector and Yardie, had been in the back of his Vauxhall Astra estate in their crates with the boot door open and a fan running. He said he had had complaints at home about their barking so left them in the car instead. In the distressing clip, a gloved officer finds the live pet in the back of the car. Her fur appears to be very damp as the dog lies motionless in the boot. They pour a bottle of water over the animal in a bid to cool her down before transporting her to a vets on a stretcher. Vets gave her oxygen and fluids and desperately tried to save her. In a statement, the vet described Yardie as a ???heatstroke emergency??? and said she presented with hypothermia, muscle tremors, an irregular heart rate and a body temperature of 40.3 degrees. ???The dog appeared to be struggling to breathe. We applied cold towels every 10 to 15 minutes during the procedure. The nurse also sprayed the extremities with cold water t
The security dogs were kept shut in the boot of a Vauxhall Astra in Ilford, east London, as temperatures hit 24C (Picture: RSPCA)

A man who left two dogs to die in a car on a hot summer’s day has been spared jail.

Richard Armstrong, 47, said he left the security dogs in the boot of his Vauxhall Astra because neighbours had complained about them barking. Temperatures were reaching 24C when people noticed the dogs in a kennel inside the vehicle in Ilford, east London , and alerted the police.

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Officers found one of the dogs already dead in the boot, while the second had collapsed but was still breathing.

Armstrong said he kept a fan running in the car to try and cool down Hector and Yardie, both Belgian Malinois used for security work, but there was no evidence of any water bowl. Hector was found lying on his side, with flies around his mouth and a strong smell of urine and faeces. Yardie was rushed to a vet for emergency surgery but she later had to be put down.
WARNING, DISTRESSING CONTENT Story from Jam Press (Dog Deaths) Pictured: One of the dogs that was still alive, Yardie, is seen in the back of the car and then being transported to the closest vets for emergency treatment but sadly had to be put down. VIDEO: Man given community sentence after leaving two dogs in hot car to die ??? where police found them covered in diarrhoea and flies A man has been given a community sentence after leaving two dogs to die in a hot car during 24-degree weather. Richard Anthony Armstrong, 46, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to his two dogs after keeping them in a car during hot weather on 20 April 2019. Metropolitan Police officers were called to an address in Ilford that day after reports of dogs inside a vehicle. When they arrived, they found one of the two Belgian Malinois ??? which were used for security work ??? dead in the boot of the car, while the second pup had collapsed but was still breathing. Police body camera footage shows Armstrong explaining to officers that the dogs, named Hector and Yardie, had been in the back of his Vauxhall Astra estate in their crates with the boot door open and a fan running. He said he had had complaints at home about their barking so left them in the car instead. In the distressing clip, a gloved officer finds the live pet in the back of the car. Her fur appears to be very damp as the dog lies motionless in the boot. They pour a bottle of water over the animal in a bid to cool her down before transporting her to a vets on a stretcher. Vets gave her oxygen and fluids and desperately tried to save her. In a statement, the vet described Yardie as a ???heatstroke emergency??? and said she presented with hypothermia, muscle tremors, an irregular heart rate and a body temperature of 40.3 degrees. ???The dog appeared to be struggling to breathe. We applied cold towels every 10 to 15 minutes during the procedure. The nurse also sprayed the extremities with cold water t
One of the security dogs had already died and was found lying on its side, surrounded by flies (Picture: RSPCA)

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WARNING, DISTRESSING CONTENT Story from Jam Press (Dog Deaths) Pictured: One of the dogs that was still alive, Yardie, is seen in the back of the car and then being transported to the closest vets for emergency treatment but sadly had to be put down. VIDEO: Man given community sentence after leaving two dogs in hot car to die ??? where police found them covered in diarrhoea and flies A man has been given a community sentence after leaving two dogs to die in a hot car during 24-degree weather. Richard Anthony Armstrong, 46, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to his two dogs after keeping them in a car during hot weather on 20 April 2019. Metropolitan Police officers were called to an address in Ilford that day after reports of dogs inside a vehicle. When they arrived, they found one of the two Belgian Malinois ??? which were used for security work ??? dead in the boot of the car, while the second pup had collapsed but was still breathing. Police body camera footage shows Armstrong explaining to officers that the dogs, named Hector and Yardie, had been in the back of his Vauxhall Astra estate in their crates with the boot door open and a fan running. He said he had had complaints at home about their barking so left them in the car instead. In the distressing clip, a gloved officer finds the live pet in the back of the car. Her fur appears to be very damp as the dog lies motionless in the boot. They pour a bottle of water over the animal in a bid to cool her down before transporting her to a vets on a stretcher. Vets gave her oxygen and fluids and desperately tried to save her. In a statement, the vet described Yardie as a ???heatstroke emergency??? and said she presented with hypothermia, muscle tremors, an irregular heart rate and a body temperature of 40.3 degrees. ???The dog appeared to be struggling to breathe. We applied cold towels every 10 to 15 minutes during the procedure. The nurse also sprayed the extremities with cold water t
The other dog was still breathing and was rushed for emergency surgery, but she couldn’t be saved (Picture: RSPCA)
The RSPCA said the kennel was just about large enough for one dog to stand, but there was no room for them to move around. Footage showed Armstrong trying to explain to officers about his neighbours’ complaints and the fan in his car. RSPCA inspector Kate Ford was called to the scene on April 20, 2019, and launched an investigation.
2 dogs sitting in a meadow, Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherd
The two security dogs were both Belgian Malinois (File picture: Getty)

She said: ‘[Armstrong] said that he’d left the boot door open but that the dogs tended to “jump up and down when they heard any noise” and that this must have caused the boot to close, leaving the dogs shut inside in the heat.

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‘He also thought the fan must have stopped.’

At Ilford Magistrates’ Court, Armstrong was found guilty of one count of causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs.

He was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 120 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay a total of £840.

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