A woman left her dog to starve to death in the kitchen and has now been banned from keeping animals for life.
Katie Louise Oldridge, of Meadowbank Road, Hull, had left a bowl of water but no food for her Staffordshire bull terrier after it was abandoned between April 10 and May 14 last year.
The 35-year-old was sentenced with two animal welfare offences at Hull Magistrates Court after her dog, Frank, was found dead in the kitchen.
The court heard how an empty tin of dog food was left nearby to the pooch, writes HullLive.
The kitchen floor was also covered in a large amount of dried out faeces and no other food was within the dog's reach.
Jilly Dickinson, RSPCA Inspector, who led the investigation, said: “The kitchen door had a baby gate in the frame.
"I found a dog food tin on the kitchen worktop which contained mouldy remains of food in the bottom of it and an empty box of dog treats which appeared to contain faeces.
"There was an overwhelming smell of faeces and decomposing flesh in the property.”
She added that Frank was incredibly thin, and she could see all of his bones on his body.
Live maggots also fell from his head as she placed Frank's body into an RSPCA's evidence bag.
A vet report concluded the dog likely suffered for a number of weeks before he eventually passed away.
The investigation found that as he grew hungrier he ate anything he could try to stop the pangs, according to the level of emaciation along with the foreign materials being found ingested.
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The court heard his basic needs were not met and he suffered.
The judge was told Oldridge was dealing with personal issues before the offence and became dependent on alcohol.
Alongside the lifetime disqualification from keeping all animals, which Oldridge is not able to contest for at least 10 years, she was sentenced to 18 weeks in jail, suspended for two years.
The judge also ordered her to carry out 12 REhabilitation Activity REquirement days and 200 hours of unpaid community work.
Oldridge was ordered to pay £300 costs and a victim surcharge of £128.
Magistrates commented on the case during the hearing: “We consider this to be a deliberate act of neglect – one of the worst, if not the worst, we have had the misfortune to hear as a bench of magistrates."
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