#TheList Claire Hughes, born 10/06/1989, of 89A Burnthouse Lane, Exeter EX2 6AU – left her emaciated dog to suffer in a shocking condition without veterinary attention
Hughes admitted two offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006: one of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog named Lily and another of failing to meet her needs.
An RSPCA officer rushed Lily to a vet but sadly her condition was so serious she didn’t make it.
RSPCA Inspector Marije Zwager, who investigated, said: “This was a frustrating and saddening case where a dog was left to suffer without the care she desperately needed.
“Lily was in a shocking condition when we saw her, it would have been obvious to anyone looking at her she was in need of urgent care.
“Those who own animals have a responsibility to look after them and ensure health conditions are dealt with promptly by a vet to avoid their pets suffering. It is never acceptable to ignore an animal in need.”
Sentencing: Eight weeks in custody, suspended for twelve months, for each offence to run concurrently. Total of £365 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years (expires October 2028).