A cruel dog owner has been jailed for six months after he locked his Staffie up for three weeks and let it STARVE to death.
Investigators discovered the rotting corpse of Gregory Jackson’s pet, Blue, at his squalid flat.
The sick 28-year-old had left the terrier to die alone without food or water for three weeks and hadn’t asked anyone to check on him.
RSPCA inspector Kim Walters said it was one of the worst cases she had ever seen.
She said: “This is an extremely upsetting case, to think of this poor dog left for weeks alone.
“It could have been so easily prevented, Blue didn’t need to suffer. I am pleased that the court has clearly taken this case seriously.”
Bristol City Council officers broke in to Jackson’s flat in Bishopsworth, Bristol in February after he failed to reply to letters.
Jackson was found guilty of not taking reasonable steps to ensure the dog’s needs were met and jailed on Wednesday at Bristol Magistrates’ Court.
He also received a lifetime ban from owning animals with no appeal for 10 years, was ordered to pay £500 court costs and a £115 victim surcharge.
PC Brett Worthington of Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “We are very happy with today’s sentencing.
“It shows that the courts take animal cruelty seriously and come down hard on those who mistreat animals.
“Anyone mistreating animals can be assured that they will be taken seriously by the police.”