A 35-year-old woman from Hull has been barred from ever keeping an animal after leaving her dog to starve to death in her home.

The woman was identified as Katie Louise Oldridge who was allegedly dealing with personal issues and became dependent on alcohol. Aside from being disqualified from ever housing an animal that she cannot contest for 10 years, the 35-year-old was also sentenced to 18-weeks in prison suspended for two years, per reports.

The deceased dog was said to be a Staffordshire bull terrier named Frank that was left to starve to death at Oldridge’s kitchen floor at Meadowbank Road, Hull. The lifeless body of the dog was found covering a large amount of feces. Per reports, the dog had been abandoned somewhere between Apr. 10 to May 14 of last year.

“I found a dog food tin on the kitchen worktop which contained moldy remains of food in the bottom of it and an empty box of dog treats which appeared to contain feces,” RSPCA Inspector Jilly Dickinson stated. “There was an overwhelming smell of feces and decomposing flesh in the property.”

When she was placing the body of the dead dog in the bag, a large amount of maggots of various sizes fell from the dog’s head. She noticed that Frank was incredibly thin and could see all his bones.

It was, later on, discovered that Frank had also ingested foreign materials, suggesting hunger and forcing the dog to eat whatever it could to offset that feeling. Frank’s basic needs were not met. The lack of fat and muscle tissue suggested that his body had used up its internal energy resources rather than having adequate nutrition provided.

Aside from the imprisonment and disqualification from ever having an animal around her, Oldridge was also ordered to carry out 12 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days and 200 hours of unpaid work in the community.

She was also ordered to pay £300 costs and a victim surcharge of £128.

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