WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGE: 10 weeks for man who left puppy to starve over Christmas

PUBLISHED: 12:59 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:59 25 September 2015




The man was sentenced yesterday (Thursday)

Starving: BeauStarving: Beau

Anthony Mahoney, of Southover, Bromley was sentenced to 10 weeks in prison yesterday (Thursday) after he was found guilty of animal offences.

Mahoney, 28, had pleaded guilty to the offences on September 2, concerning his female, 10 month-old Staffordshire bull terrier, Beau.

RSPCA inspector Vikki Dawe said: “It wasn’t a very happy Christmas for poor little Beau. She was just left back at the flat uncared for while her owner went elsewhere to celebrate the festive season.

Mahoney had left the puppy alone in his flat over the Christmas period, leaving her to starve until his return on New Years Day, he claims he had made arrangements for someone to feed the dog, but could provide no evidence for this.

Once Mahoney returned home, he saw the poor state Beau was in but did not take her to a vet. A third party then called the RSPCA two days later.

Ms Dawe commented on the condition the puppy was found in:

“She was so skinny and weak when she was found - she couldn’t even stand. She was taken straight to a vet who confirmed she was emaciated - weighing just half the weight she should have - 6.4kg instead of the 13 to 15 kg normal for her breed and size.”

Beau was taken to a vet but sadly was too sick to respond to treatment and had to be put down, Ms Dawe said:

“Sadly it was too late for us to save this puppy who had been left to starve to death without the love and care and attention she needed and deserved”

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