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Owner jailed after leaving dog to starve

Thursday, 23rd February 2012

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier is being nursed back to health with dog food after being left to starve in “deplorable conditions”.

Alan Smith, from Hebburn, was sentenced to 17 weeks in jail and banned from owning animals for ten years. He is also currently serving a three year sentence for an unrelated crime, reports the Shields Gazette.

Sadly, another dog was found by the RSPCA in the same room but it had already died. The animals were found after bailiffs forced their way into Mr Smith’s flat to serve an eviction notice.

Denise Jackman, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, is quoted as saying: "When the bailiff opened the door to the living room, a small dog ran out and went to the toilet to drink water.

"The room was strewn with faeces, empty beer cans and other rubbish. Both dogs were almost skeletal."

RSPCA inspector Claire Hunt added that this was an extremely shocking and upsetting case and that it was sad that one dog did not survive. However, she told the news provider: "We're happy the other dog found in the house has new owners and has plenty of time to enjoy a loving home."