#TheList Aimie Louise Bennett, born 19/07/1991, of 22 St Leonard Crescent, Thornley, Durham DH6 3GA – starved a Dalmatian and left her to suffer with an agonising skin condition.
Six-year-old Dalmatian Bella was taken in by the Dalmatian Adoption Society and Rescue after a member was tipped off about the appalling condition she was in.
The charity’s founder Sue Bell said Bella’s skin condition was so bad that she was biting and scratching herself to get a little bit of relief. She said Bella was also emaciated with her bones clearly visible through her skin.
Sadly, a few days after being rescued Bella died in the night from a condition called bloat, or gastric dilatation-volvulus, which is when a dog’s stomach fills with gas, food, or fluid, making it expand and twist.
Sue said: “Ironically, the starving and skin condition didn’t kill her, but I think it must have happened because she started eating again.”
The rescue contacted the RSPCA about Bella’s condition, who prosecuted her owner, mother-of-three Aimie Louise Bennett.
Bennett admitted causing unnecessary suffering to Bella between March and June 2017 by failing to explore and address her deteriorating physical condition.
Speaking about the case RSPCA inspector Nick Jones said: “This poor dog was in a shocking state.
“She was emaciated and had a terrible skin infection which had caused her to self-harm.
“Her whole body was covered in sores where she had chewed her skin until it was raw to relieve the irritation.”
Bennett said she had taken Bella on after her previous owner moved away and that she had issues with her skin from the start which she had treated herself when they escalated.
RSPCA inspector Jones said: “It is every owner’s responsibility to provide vet treatment for their pets when they need it.
“It would have been clear to anyone that Bella was suffering and needed professional help.”
Sentencing: £150 costs. Disqualified from keeping dogs for five years (expires December 2022).