A WOMAN who allowed her dog to starve has appeared before magistrates.
Gemma Gill, 22, of Oakenbank Crescent in Lowerhouses, was at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
She admitted causing unnecessary suffering to her dog by failing to provide an adequate diet between May 2 and 9 last year.
The female black and tan Staffordshire terrier, named Ebony, was found emaciated with its ribs, pelvic and hip bones showing.
Ebony was discovered at Miss Gill’s former home on Horse Bank Drive at Lockwood on May 9 2008.
A housing officer who was due to inspect the property heard the dog barking in the kitchen. He knew the tenant had not been seen for weeks and contacted the RSPCA.
Entry was forced to the house and RSPCA Inspector Susie Micallef found dog faeces in the living room, bedroom and kitchen.
Ebony was in the kitchen, severely emaciated, dehydrated and having difficulty walking.
Vet Ellie Button, of Donaldson and Partners, treated Ebony and found she was half her normal weight.
She weighed 5.5kg and should have been around 10kg.
Miss Gill missed four appointments with Insp Micallef before finally being interviewed.
She signed the dog over to the RSPCA and said she had been thinking about calling the charity in because she could not cope with looking after the animal.
Miss Gill said she had moved in with her father after suffering health problems and had visited her old house to feed the dog and walk it.
She claimed to have visited the house a few days before the RSPCA arrived. But vets said Ebony had been neglected for at least two weeks.
Miss Gill admitted the dog had suffered and she could have done more, but said she was struggling to cope with depression at the time.
Ebony has now recovered and has been re-homed.
Sentencing was adjourned until March 10 so pre-sentence reports could be prepared.