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Woman who kept starving dogs locked in tiny cage banned from keeping animals

Zena and Lola were emaciated. Credit: RSPCA

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.

Credit: RSPCA

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.

The dogs were locked in small, unsuitable cages. Credit: RSPCA

“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.

“Through normal feeding they were able to return to their healthy body weight. But it could have been so different if this situation had been allowed to continue. “There is no excuse not to provide the basics of food and water for pets so anyone who is struggling should ask for help at an early stage."

– Inspector Helen Mead
The pair have now recovered. Credit: RSPCA

Both Zola and Zena are now ready for adoption.

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