A dog owner has been banned from keeping animals for three years after a puppy was rescued from a “faeces strewn” home.
The husky, named Mishka, was forced to fend for itself after its troubled owner was admitted to hospital.
North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard that owner, Clare Joyce, hadn’t told anyone about her dog.
It was only after neighbours raised the alarm that RSPCA inspectors rescued the puppy.
Johnson, 26, of Station Road, Wallsend, admitted failing to ensure the welfare of an animal when she appeared in court on Friday.
Stewart Haywood, prosecuting, said: “The conditions inside were filthy.
“There were faeces strewn around and some of these faeces were mouldy.”
Joyce, 26, was banned from keeping animals for three years.
The sentencing heard Mishka was “lean” when inspectors found her back in March.
She was so hungry that she ran towards food and drink when inspectors finally got inside the address.
RSPCA officials had visited several times amid concerns for Mishka and they placed tape on the door to check if the owner had returned, when they saw the tape was unbroken they forced their way inside.
But Mr Haywood admitted: “It could have been much worse if Mishka had been left for longer.”
It was claimed the defendant had been battling with both her physical and mental health when the dog was left.
Mitigating, Mark Styles claimed a “perfect storm” of events unfolded in her personal life which lead to the incident.
Today’s other news stories
He said: “She’s utterly, utterly devastated Mishka was left,” claimed the solicitor, who said his client’s circumstances had resulted in her leaving her part-time job and moving onto Universal Credit.
However, thankfully, the court heard Mishka is now a “healthy” dog.
Chairman of the bench Paddy Watters assured Joyce: “She will go to a nice home.”
The defendant must pay £400 costs, a £200 fine and a £30 charge.
This content was originally published here.