Cruel owner Shane Spearpoint jailed after starving dog forced to eat plastic bag in Gillingham
Alfie was so emaciated he
had to be destroyed
A starving dog was so hungry it
resorted to eating plastic bags, a vet discovered after putting the
The owner of Alfie, a two-year-old
Staffordshire bull terrier, has been jailed for 12 weeks and banned
from keeping animals for life.
Shane Spearpoint did not feed the dog
for weeks and when an RSPCA inspector went to his home after a
tip-off he found the dog lying lifeless on the floor.
Alfie weighed just over a third
of that of a healthy dog and was so emaciated he had to be
Shane Spearpoint, formerly of
Corporation Road, Gillingham, had owned Alfie since he was
six-weeks-old and also owned another Staffordshire bull terrier
called Daisy, which he fed regularly.
Spearpoint, 24, now of no fixed
address, pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering.
Ellie Newbery, prosecuting at Medway
Magistrates' Court, said: "Plastic bags were found inside him when
a postmortem was carried out and there was a lamb bone in his
oesophagus obstructing it."
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