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Miraculous survival of dog left without water or food for a month

Bodey is thriving thanks to the RSPCA Photo: RSPCA

A dog has amazed vets by surviving for a month with no food and no water after his owner abandoned him in a flat in Mansfield.

On Wednesday, Bodey's owner was banned from keeping all animals for seven years after he admitted causing unnecessary suffering to Hooch who was only discovered after housing officers called at a flat in Eckington Walk, Mansfield to carry out an eviction.

The RSPCA was called and Hooch was taken to nearby Vets4Pets.

He was in a comatose state and on the verge of death, he was given round the clock care by vets.

His former owner Jonathan Pearce of no fixed abode, was sentenced to a 12 month community order to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £250 costs.

The state Hooch was found in Credit: RSPCA

Hooch weighed just 10kg when he was found the normal weight for a dog of his size is around 25kg.

The court heard Pearce was suffering from severe depression and alcoholism.

“This was the closet to death dog I have come across; he was just hours from the point of death.

“He was extremely dehydrated and totally emaciated, all his bones were visible.

"I was horrified and angry when I found him; there is just no excuse for an animal to be allowed to suffer in this way.

"I am amazed that he survived.

"Now he is with a loving new family and living the life that he deserves, but he should not have been allowed to get in this state.

“I would really like to thank the veterinary staff who did so much to save him.”

– Keith Ellis