A FAMILY whose dog became so emaciated it had to be put down has been given a lifetime ban from keeping animals.
Kevin Dodds, his wife and and her cousin, all of Brunswick Village, Newcastle, had originally denied cruelty charges. However, at a court hearing last Monday they changed their pleas to guilty.
The three were also fined after RSPCA officials found a young Jack Russell called Tiny at their home.
Inspectors were alerted to the animal's plight in February, magistrates in Gosforth were told. The dog was so severely emaciated, with untreated dental problems, that he was immediately put to sleep by a vet.
Magistrates agreed that Robinson bore less responsibility for the dog's death and was fined £100, ordered to pay £100 costs and banned for life from keeping any animals.
The Dodds were fined £150, ordered to pay £150 and given a similar life-ban on animal ownership.
After the hearing, RSPCA inspector Damian Woolliscroft, who investigated the case, said: "I've seen a lot in my time with the RSPCA, but even I was shocked at what I saw. How they let that animal just wither away before their eyes is beyond me."