Portland, Dorset: Emma Comben and Martyn Buckle

#TheList Emma Comben  and partner Martyn Buckle both of 43 Tillycombe Road, Portland, Dorset DT5 1LF – locked Staffy Tia in a cage and left her to starve

Neglectful chavs Emma Comben and Martyn Buckle, and beautiful Tia, who was rescued from a slow death by starvation
Feckless Emma Comben and Martyn Buckle, and beautiful Tia, who was rescued from a slow death by starvation

The pair admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire Bull Terrier known as Tia.

The offence took place between August 3 and October 28, 2016.

After reports from a member of the public, the RSPCA discovered Tia at the property in an emaciated state locked in a dog crate. She was so thin her bones were showing through her skin.

The court heard how the pair claimed they struggled to manage with the dog after having a family and said that after being left in the cage Tia refused to eat. They did not, however, seek professional help from a vet or an animal welfare organisation for her weight loss.

Inspector Ken Snook said: “The neglect suffered by Tia could have been easily avoided. Sadly she was cruelly left to suffer in a faeces encrusted crate without the care she needed and deserved.

“When we found her she weighed just 10 kilos and was so underweight all her bones were showing.  Thankfully she has been successfully rehabilitated by the RSPCA and now weighs 16 kilos and was found a new loving home earlier this month”.

Buckle and Comben also admitted failing to meet Tia needs by not providing a suitable environment for her, contrary to Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, following the investigation by the animal welfare charity.

Sentence: 120 hours of unpaid work within 12 months; £150 costs each; banned from keeping animals for 10 years (expires February 2027).

Dorset Echo