A COURT in Spain has handed down a three-month suspended prison sentence to a woman convicted of starving her dog which ended up feeding off another’s body.
The First Criminal Court of Almeria said in its ruling the woman, from Roquetas de Mar, kept her Yorkshire Terrier in “deplorable” conditions in March 2013. She was convicted of animal abuse under Article 337 of Spain’s Criminal Code.
The court heard the defendant did not provide food for her dog or put in place adequate sanitary conditions.
The dog suffered from severe dehydration and the wasting away of its body. It also developed a brain condition known as ataxia which caused its motor system and bodily co-ordination to fail as well as its eyes to become impaired.
Animal welfare workers took the dog from the house and into a shelter where it died 48 hours after arrival.
Staff at the shelter also found the corpse of another dog in the home which they said the deceased animal had been feeding on, the court heard.
The woman was sentenced under Article 337 of Spain’s Criminal Code which covers animal abuse and mistreatment.
Judges at the court suspended the sentence for a period of two years. The defendant would serve her three month sentence along with any other jail time handed down to her should she commit further crimes within the next two years.
The court also barred the woman from working with animals in any profession for one year.