A LLANDYSUL man has been jailed for 12 weeks for breaching the terms of a community order imposed by magistrates for a string of animal cruelty offences.

Alexander Kyle Grice, aged 52, of Glanarthan, Llandysul, was convicted on 12 counts of animal cruelty following a two-day trial before magistrates at Aberystwyth Justice Centre at the end of September. Two further charges were dismissed.

The case was brought by the RSPCA and as well as a community order, Grice was banned from keeping animals for three years.

Grice was back before magistrates at Aberystwyth last week, where he admitted breaching his community order by failing to attend planned appointments with his supervising officer without reasonable excuse.

He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison for his failure to express a willingness to comply with the order and a flagrant disregard for court orders.

Among the offences of which Grice was convicted were failing to protect a basset hound named Bertie from pain, suffering or disease, who was underweight, in poor condition and not living in a suitable environment.

He was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a bichon frise dog named Bella, who was underweight, suffering from severe dental disease, skin disease, mammary tumours and an ear infection.

Grice was also found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering by failing to treat flea infestations, skin, eye and ear infections for various dogs and to causing unnecessary suffering to a rabbit and a guinea pig.