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Woman who starved dog spared jail
3:25pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A WOMAN whose dog sustained “prolonged neglect” for two years has avoided going to prison.
Kerry Denton’s German Shepherd Missy was left so badly starved that within three months of being rescued, she regained around half her bodyweight.
A hearing at Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard how the pet was discovered by inspectors in a freezing outbuilding, next to cans of Fosters lager.
Lauren Bond, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said an inspector attended Denton’s home in Dugard Avenue, Stanway, following a complaint about Missy’s care.
Denton was keeping the animal outside because of the smell coming from her.
Mrs Bond said: “The inspector couldn’t see Missy as she was in complete darkness.
“She shone a torch in her direction and saw her curled up on a duvet.
“She was isolated in the building.”
Missy’s food bowl was empty.
The inspector was wearing two coats at the time as it was so cold and the temperate in her vehicle said it was 1 degree Centigrade.
Denton, 43, admitted five charges under the Animal Welfare Act.
Steven Levy, mitigating, said Denton's family had been forced to move from Southend to Colchester, which had badly affected her disabled and autistic son.
Chair of the bench, Barry Arnold, sentenced Denton to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for a year, and banned her from keeping animals for life.
She must undergo supervision from the Probation Service for a year and must pay £1,000 costs plus a £80 victim surcharge.
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