Man jailed and given animal ban for life after dead dog found in Sheffield backyard

A man has been jailed and disqualified from keeping animals for life after a dog was found dead in a Sheffield backyard.

By Darren Burke
Wednesday, 4th March 2020, 5:43 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th March 2020, 5:43 pm

Nissar Hussain, 33, is finally behind bars – more than four years after first appearing in court after evading capture.

Hussain, most recently of Lund Street, St David’s, Pembrokshire appeared in Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Monday 24 February.

He pleaded guilty to two offences relating to a Bully Kutta dog called Bella in August 2016.

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Bella was found dead in a Sheffield backyard.

The case was adjourned for sentencing but he didn’t show up and a warrant had been out for his arrest since.

RSPCA chief inspector Lynsey Harris said: “It has been almost four years since Hussain failed to appear for sentencing in relation to what happened to this dog, the previous September.

“Bella’s body was discovered in the backyard of Hussain’s then Sheffield address by the dog warden, who had been called the previous night under the guise that Hussain had taken the dog in as a stray.

“She was emaciated, covered in dirt, her face was in a pool of vomit and she was surrounded by mud, faeces and a large number of dog biscuits.

“However several witnesses, including myself, had seen the dog at the property going back to August 10 tethered in the yard, and had given advice on her care.”

Hussain was jailed for 18 weeks for the RSPCA offences and a further 14 days for non-RSPCA related matters, plus 21 days for failing to surrender but to run concurrently. He was also ordered to pay £500 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

The dog was found at a house in Morgan Road, Sheffield, where Hussain previously lived.

Bully Kutta are a very large breed originating in Pakistan and not commonly kept in the UK.

Anyone who wishes to report animal cruelty to the RSPCA should contact the charity on its 24 hour helpline.

Callers can contact 0300 1234 999 to report cruelty, neglect or an animal in distress.

The call will cost the same as any call to a UK landline number.