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Teenager let his dog starve to death before dumping it in a cemetery in a suitcase

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A teenager is on the run after starving his dog to death, stuffing it into a suitcase and then dumping it in a cemetery.

Mason Medford, 19, was due to appear at Leeds Magistrate’s Court facing three charges under the Animal Welfare Act but failed to show up.

He was found guilty in his absence of causing unnecessary suffering to his Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Leo, at his home in Leeds after taking ownership of him last November.

Leo, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was half his normal weight and "completely emaciated" when found. See Ross Parry story RPYDOGS; A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 19-year-old man who let his dog starve to death before stuffing its body in a suitcase and dumping it in a cemetery. Mason Medford was found guilty in his absence at court after the body of Leo, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was discovered by an RSPCA inspector in January. Medford was due to appear at Leeds Magistrate's Court facing three charges under the Animal Welfare Act but failed, without explanation, to attend the hearing. It was agreed the case would go ahead in his absence and he was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Leo, between December 25, 2017, and January 25, 2018. Leeds Magistrates Court, West Yorks., heard yesterday (Tues) that Medford failed to ensure the dog was provided with a suitable diet of adequate nutrition resulting in physical deterioration.

Leo, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was found dead in a suitcase (Picture: SWNS)

Andrew Davidson, an agent prosecutor for the RSPCA, said: ‘The case can be summed up very sadly but very simply.

‘The defendant left Leo at the house in question, locked him in a room and never came back.

‘He left him in the house without food and water and did not return to look after him at any point. When he finally did return he was deceased.’

When Leo was found he was weighed half of what he should and there was nothing in his stomach or intestines.

A vet who examined the dog added: ‘He would have suffered greatly after not being fed adequately for four weeks.’

A postmortem confirmed he died as a result of multiple organ failure.

The court heard evidence from housing officer Sarah Blackburn who reported finding ‘squalid conditions through the property, rubbish and clothing and the kitchen was a disgusting state.’

In a statement Medford’s mother, Emma Medford, who found the dead dog outside the property, added there was faeces, urine and splatters of blood in the house.

Mrs Medford, who had not been at the property for months, told him to bury the animal but instead he left him in a suitcase at Harehills Cemetery, West Yorkshire, on January 24.

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A warrant has now been issued for Medford’s arrest.

He will be brought before the court and sentenced if he is ever found.

Medford initially handed himself in after an uproar on social media after Leo was found in a suitcase.



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