Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 27°C

min temp: 19°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Mildenhall/Red Lodge: Suspended prison sentence for serviceman who neglected three dogs

13:24 11 October 2012

Miles Rodriguez has been sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to three dogs

Miles Rodriguez has been sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to three dogs

Archant

Suspended prison sentence for serviceman who neglected three dogs

shares

Miles Rodriguez, of RAF Mildenhall, had pleaded guilty to three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to two Staffordshire bull terriers called Dougie and Mac and a Yorkshire terrier called Louis.

While Dougie and Louis, which had been described as “just skin and bone” when they were found, have now been restored to health, Mac was discovered dead in a kennel near the 24-year-old’s rented property in Thyme Close, Red Lodge.

Today at Bury St Edmunds Rodriguez was sentenced to a total of eight weeks custody suspended for 12 months, as well as a 12-month supervision order and he will have to complete 120 hours of unpaid work.

He was also banned from owning dogs for life and was ordered to pay £3,255 to cover the costs to the RSPCA and legal costs.

Sarah Wenban, chair of the bench, said the offences were “very serious matters”.

“We are making this order and the sentence we have pronounced because these offences involved three animals over a number of weeks one of whom died.

“It was possible for you to make other arrangements for their care and you did not do so.

“We have taken into account your personal circumstances as set out in the probation report and the remorse you have expressed today and we have reduced your sentence because of your guilty pleas.”

Following the hearing, RSPCA inspector David Podmore, who was involved with the investigation, said: “Mr Rodriguez initially denied any involvement in the death of a third dog. A lot of time and effort was put into proving that he was entirely responsible for the neglect of all three dogs and we are therefore satisfied with today’s outcome and we would like to thank the US Air Force for their co-operation in the investigation of this matter.”

During the hearing, Rodriguez, who was representing himself, said it made him feel “sick to my stomach” knowing what he did to the dogs.

“I pay for it every day, every time I see someone walking with their animal.”

He added: “I just want to say that I’m sorry. There’s nothing else really that I can say.”

The court had heard how the two surviving dogs, which are now in the care of Rodriguez’s ex-wife, were found at his home on June 29, but Mac’s body was discovered on July 5.

There was a period when the defendant had to remain on base, but he had made no arrangements for the care of his pets.

The last time there is evidence he visited the property in Thyme Close is May 23.

Rodriguez had said he was going through some “pretty bad health issues” at the time.

shares

1 comment

  • Woefully inadequate sentencing as usual. There are no excuses for what this man did and I am heartily sick of people bringing up every reason under the sun why it was not their fault. Does he have children? Does he leave them at his house and not arrange for anyone to feed them? I hope he will be going back to the US soon, we certainly don't want him here after he has paid his fine.

    Report this comment

    Jane Summerfield

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Quay Theatre in Sudbury.

Only half of those responding to an online survey about Sudbury have visited historic market town’s key tourist attraction, figures have revealed.

See Luke Hyam's holiday snaps here

Over the past few weeks the Ipswich Town squad have been enjoying the break in the football calendar, with many jetting off on holiday with friends and girlfriends.

Louise Gray photographed in 2006

The widow of a 7/7 bombing victim from Ipswich who was jailed after stealing £43,000 from her son’s compensation has won a 14-month cut in her prison sentence.

West Suffolk College Achievement Awards at Bury Cathedral. West Suffolk College Principle Dr Nikos Savvas.

Challenges in life and daunting efforts against adversity were recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

View of Alton Water taken from near Lemons Hill Bridge at Tattingstone. Photograph: KEITH MINDHAM

A body pulled from the water at Tattingstone last night has been identified by police as a 22-year-old man from the Ipswich area.

Police

A 20-year-old woman was walking along Hardy Court at approximately 2.30pm on Tuesday June 30 pushing a pram with a child.

Crowds of people head to the beach at Felixstowe to enjoy the scorching temperatures.
Ken Webb,Livia Button and Sandra Webb celebrating the hot weather.

Temperatures as high as 28 degrees have already been recorded in both counties, with Suffolk predicted to peak at 31.

Kier are responsible for making sure roadworks do not over-run

Highways contractor Kier MG is continuing to miss almost half its performance targets set by the council – and there is no sign of any improvement in the most recent figures.

Abellio Greater Anglia

London Liverpool Street services have been affected, with some trains unable to stop at or leave Colchester.

Josh Kelley prepares a memorial for a new plaque dedicated to the 495th Tactical Fighter Squadron, a deactivated fighter squadron, based on Royal Air Force Lakenheath Kelley replaced the previous plaque, placed in 1991.

An American teenager has restored a memorial to RAF Lakenheath airmen who served and died in operations in Libya and Saudi Arabia.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages