A woman has been banned from keeping animals for five years after her two emaciated dogs were found left in a small cage in her home with no food and water.
Simone Maughan, from Clowne, Derbyshire, pleaded guilty to three animal welfare offences when she appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday (9 September).
The court heard how she had left two Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dogs, one called Zena and her daughter Lola, in a small unsuitable cage in the kitchen of her house.
The RSPCA were alerted after a member of the public reported the starving pets.
Inspector Helen Mead arrived at the address and found the two emaciated dogs locked in a small cage.
She also found a bearded dragon lizard in the living room with no light source or heat source, leaving the reptile close to death.
She immediately took the pets for emergency veterinary treatment and all have now recovered from their ordeal in RSPCA care.
“I was really worried when I saw how frail the dogs were with all their bones protruding, they were in a very poor condition but were so friendly.
Both Zola and Zena are now ready for adoption.