A dog owner was jailed for allowing his pet to become emaciated and infected with maggots, leading to her death. Justin Jervis was sentenced to 16 weeks in jail in a hearing at Liverpool Magistrates Court today.
District Judge Andrew Shaw appeared visibly disturbed by the horrifying images of neglect shown in court, which he condemned as the worst he has ever seen.
Jervis' pet Shar-Pei, Bubbles, was put to sleep by vets at the PDSA in Kirkdale last year - after she was presented in a skeletal state.
Bubbles was also infected with mature maggots which had nested in her ear canal and began migrating throughout her head, as well as having a back leg which was hugely swollen from cancerous growths.
Jervis, of Gorst Street in Anfield, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to three charges of causing suffering to an animal, after leaving his dog to suffer in pain for nearly a year.
Sentencing Jervis, Judge Shaw said:
Defending Jervis in court, Emma Smith said:
Judge Shaw handed Jervis a 16-week custodial sentence, of which he will serve eight weeks in prison and spend 12 months on licence.
He was also banned from keeping animals for 20 years and forbidden from appealing the conditions of this ban for at least 10 years.