A PET terrier had to be put down after its cruel owner failed to provide medical treatment.
Frank MacEvoy’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dog called Beau had a large tumour in her stomach which was starving her to death, vets found.
With her ribs and hip bones clearly sticking out, the brindle-patterned dog weighed just 10kg – but should have been between 15kg and 23kg.
The 52-year-old owner was charged with causing suffering to an animal, but didn’t turn up for his case at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court. He was found guilty in his absence.
The court heard his brother called the RSPCA, as he was so worried about the dog’s condition. Judith Curry, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said an inspector went to MacEvoy’s home in Torrens Road, Sunderland, and found food and water had been put out for the dog, but it was sick after it ate.
She added: “The dog was clearly emaciated.
“It was a vet’s opinion that the owner had allowed her to suffer for about four weeks by not seeking medical treatment.”
Magistrates adjourned sentencing until February 6.