A Nottingham man has been disqualified from keeping pets after neglecting his dalmatian puppy.
The court heard how Alastair Watt's emaciated dalmatian puppy, Penny, was seen by builders who came to Watt’s house to carry out some work.
They found eight-month-old Penny in a crate with no food or water.
The men were so shocked by her thin appearance that they contacted the RSPCA.
Watt was handed a ten-year disqualification order and a fine of £1,400 as well as being ordered to pay £650 costs.
The dalmatian puppy, Penny, will now pass into the care of the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Becky Harper said: