‘Stupid’ dad left dogs to die in baking-hot car – and buried bodies in field

‘Stupid’ dad left dogs to die in baking-hot car – and buried bodies in field

A dad has been branded "stupid", after left his family’s two dogs dying in his baking hot car – and then buried their bodies in a field.

Julian Bradbury left West Highland Terriers Ted and Poppy inside for nearly an hour and 20 minutes in 26C temperatures on the day of England’s World Cup semi-final on July 11 this year.

He said he simply forgot the animals – described as "family members" at Birmingham Magistrates Court – were in the car.

CCTV footage shown during Wednesday’s hearing showed Bradbury, wearing an England football shirt, returning to his vehicle at 4.42pm – some 78 minutes after parking up near his home.

One of the dogs appeared limp and the other panted and gasped for air, the court heard.

Bradbury grabbed both pets before attempting to resuscitate and give mouth-to-mouth to the dog, which appeared motionless.

It was claimed the lorry driver put both dogs in the bath but they died of severe hypothermia.

At 10.25pm that evening, Bradbury was seen leaving the block of flats where he lived with both terriers wrapped in a bundle.

During an interview, he said he was taking their bodies to a garage.

He told the investigation he buried the dogs in a nearby field the next day.

The bodies were dug up as part of an RSPCA probe triggered when CCTV footage was reviewed by council officials looking into complaints of dog fouling in the flats.

The father-of-two, 47, of Chelmsley Wood was banned from keeping animals for life after he admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs.

The court heard Bradbury took the two dogs out with him when he drove to collect his son from school at 3.10pm.

After returning 13 minutes later, he walked back to his flat with his children.

Chris Stewart, defending, said Bradbury’s daughter urgently needed the toilet and, upon getting out of the car, his client forgot the dogs were locked inside.

Mr Stewart said: "An error of judgement led to the death of what my client tells me were family members.

"He questions himself everyday, asking why did he do it?

"In his car, both dogs had fallen asleep during the journey and, after arriving home, his daughter needed the toilet urgently. Disciplinary issues were also forthcoming with his son while in the flat.

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