#TheList Amie Elizabeth Smith (aka Amy Blackler), born 14/07/1991, as of April 2020 of Norbury Grove, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 2TA – left pet dog to die in hunger and squalor.
Smith had locked the starving animal – a white Staffy named Rocky – in a filthy kitchen, without access to food or water, where he was surrounded by mounds of rubbish and faeces.
His emaciated body was found near an empty water bowl and tin cans which he had attempted to eat in his desperate state.
When his body was examined by a vet, he was found to be just over half the weight he should have been.
Smith pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal between February 5 and March 26 2014.
The RSPCA prosecutor said a post-mortem showed Rocky would have suffered “an enormous amount of stress” before he died.
She added that Rocky’s pain had been “severe, prolonged and avoidable”.
Sentence: suspended six-month prison sentence, three-month curfew; £700 costs; life-long disqualification from owning an animal.