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Owner of emaciated dog 'left alone to starve' is banned from keeping animals

The owner of an emaciated dog, left alone to starve, has been banned from keeping animals for five years.

Tazer's emaciated body Credit: RSPCA

David Anthony West, from Greenwich, pleaded guilty to failing to feed his Staffordshire bull terrier properly after he was reported to the RSPCA earlier this year by a member of the public.

Tazer's emaciated body Credit: RSPCA

You only had to look at Tazer to know he hadn’t been properly looked after. There is no excuse for letting an animal get into that state.

“I’m pleased with the sentenced which demonstrates the courts take such cases of neglect very seriously.

– Nick Wheelhouse, RSPCA Inspector
Tazer's emaciated body Credit: RSPCA
  • David West was sentenced at Bexley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday when he was fined £50
  • West must also pay £300 costs and £100 in vet fees for the treatment received by by his dog
  • He was also given a 12 month supervision order by the court
Tazer's emaciated body Credit: RSPCA