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Man punished for starving rescue dog

The previous owner of BBC Springwatch presenter Kate Humble's RSPCA rescue dog has been convicted for animal neglect. The RSPCA inspector who investigated the case said Badger was one of the thinnest dogs he had ever seen.

TV presenter Kate - a supporter of the RSPCA's Pet Adoption Week - recently adopted the now healthy Badger from the RSPCA's Newport Animal Centre.

Rhondda Magistrates' Court heard that the two-year-old crossbreed terrier - was severely underweight at just 4.8kg when he was first rescued by the RSPCA. His weight had increased by 84 per cent just one month later.

Badger's previous owner, from Pontypridd, recently pleaded guilty to failing to meet the welfare needs of the dog.

He was instructed to complete a one-year community order and banned from keeping animals for five years. He was also ordered to do 150 hours' unpaid work, attend an Enhanced Thinking Skills course and pay £260 costs.

Badger is now back to full health and happy in his new home with Kate.

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