A one-year-old puppy named Zacko died a slow, agonizing death as he weakly crawled upon his owner’s laundry for comfort after having been left to starve to death in an empty apartment in Filton, Bristol, South Gloucestershire. According to the Mirror, the dog’s owner had been sent to prison, and the woman never told anyone she left the Staffordshire terrier, Zacko alone.
The dog was found lying on Gemma Bennie’s clothes where he died. In January, Bennie, 26, was sent to jail; no one knew Zacko had been left alone. No one had a key to the woman’s apartment, and it wasn’t until a neighbor reported a fly infestation that the RSPCA investigated. Inspector Miranda Albinson commented about the disturbing and heartbreaking discovery:
“Who knows how long it took this poor dog to die alone in that flat. We can’t know whether it was starvation or dehydration which finally caused his death, but it is clear he would have suffered. I found him curled up in his owner’s clothes on the bed. He must have gone there for comfort. It was a haunting sight – one of the saddest things I have ever seen.”
Inspector Albinson continued stating had Bennie just informed someone, Zacko would still be alive today.
“His suffering was just so unnecessary. No-one else had keys, and no-one knew he was there. Simply just sharing this information with a reliable person would have saved his life and saved the lonely, prolonged death that we can only suppose he had.”
Bennie was sentenced to 17 more weeks in jail and has been banned for life from ever owning any companion animals. Rest in peace Zacko.
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