A 23-year-old woman has been banned for life from ever owning or caring for any pets after she abandoned her two dogs and purposely left them to die without food or water. Andrea Davies walked away from her apartment leaving her two Labradoodles, Koda and Hachi, locked in the kitchen of her former home in Stepney Grove, Liverpool. As she walked out the door with no intentions of ever returning, she left the dogs a bucket of water and a bag of dog treats.
On Friday, a judge at the Liverpool Magistrates Court told Davies,
“This was one of the most horrendous cases of neglect we have seen in this court and no animal deserves to die or be treated in this manner.”
Davies had previously pleaded guilty to animal neglect in December at an earlier hearing. According to the Mirror, RSPCA inspectors discovered the animals’ emaciated bodies months later in an advanced state of decomposition. Both dogs died of dehydration and starvation. Necropsies of the dogs confirmed neither dog had consumed any food for months and had been left to fend for themselves. Davies never told anyone about Koda or Hachi and never reached out for help. RSPCA Inspector Helen Smith was at the home when the dogs’ bodies were found:
“When I entered, I found 90 per cent of the kitchen floor was covered with feces and rubbish. Then I saw the dogs, dead. It was heartbreaking finding these poor dogs in this awful way; they must have endured a great deal of pain and distress as they died alone…We hope by bringing this matter to court, we have achiever some sort of justice for Koda and Hatchi.”
In addition to the lifetime ban on ever having any pets, Davies was sentenced to a 16-weeks jail term suspended for 18 months, ordered to attend a 20-day rehab program, will be monitored for a mandatory curfew and fined $800.
(Photos of dog owner banned for life in cruelty case via RSPCA handouts)
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