A HUSBAND and wife have been disqualified from keeping dogs for 10 years after their dog was left to starve.
Barney and Jemma Bloom, of Hudson Street, Bicester, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a crossbreed dog called Hooch when they appeared before magistrates in Oxford in a prosecution brought by the RSPCA.
Mr Bloom, 37, was given an immediate 12-week custodial sentence and Mrs Bloom, 32, was given an eight-week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months.
Mrs Bloom was handed a community order which means she must remain at home between 8pm and 6am for a month. Both were fined £150.
Hooch was found without food and water in a squalid outhouse at the couple’s home after the police contacted the RSPCA with concerns for the dog’s wellbeing.
RSPCA inspector Lauren Bailey, who investigated, said: “When I first saw Hooch he was at the police station and I was moved by how loving he was.
“He was so skinny, dirty, and neglected but had so much time for everyone he met. It was heartbreaking to see a dog that had not been shown any love himself still offer love unconditionally to others.
“He had sadly been left without food and water in a dirty outhouse. He was very underweight with all his ribs showing.
“When I carried out the interviews they admitted he wasn’t cared for and said he was only occasionally fed leftover pasta.
“The neglect suffered by Hooch could have been easily avoided but he was simply left to suffer without the care he needed and deserved.”
Hooch initially recovered from his mistreatment while in the care of the RSPCA and managed to regain some weight but sadly had to be put to sleep because of medical issues.