Published Wednesday, 16 April 2014
The woman was also given a suspended prison sentence. (© UTV)
Siobhan Best of Greystone Park in Limavady admitted a number of offences which occurred on 23 November 2012.
The court was told that animal welfare officers received a complaint about a dog having died after having been left with no food or water.
Officers went to investigate and initially spoke to a young girl and then spoke to her mother, the defendant.
The dog was found lying dead in a kennel in the yard with the door shut and its ribs were visible and it was very thin, the court heard.
A nearby blue wheelie bin had been knocked over plastic bottles were lying beside the body of the dog.
A post mortem revealed that the dog had starved to death and tin foil was found in the dog's stomach, suggesting he had been eating the contents of the bin.
District Judge Liam McNally asked how long would it have taken the dog to die and was told that the animal weighed 6 kgs while the normal weight should have been between 20 and 25kgs.
He asked how long the dog was dead and was told at least five days but possibly as long as 21 days.
A defence solicitor said her client had her own problems and that she regretted what had happened.
She said Best accepts she should have made more of an effort to look after the dog.
Judge McNally said: "I have to say this is an absolutely appalling case."
He said that Best "must have been aware of the suffering of a dog starved to death in front of you over a period of time".
He said it was a "very serious matter" and "as bad a case as I have come across".
The judge added: "But I believe I can protect other animals and you are not to keep or have charge of any animal for a period of 10 years."
He also imposed a sentence of four months in prison suspended for three years and ordered Best to pay £150 in costs.
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