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THIS POOR DOG WAS LEFT TO DIE; Judges warn woman she faces jail.

Byline: CAROLINE WHEELER

A MIDLAND woman is facing jail after she left her Rottweiler to starve to death in what a dog warden has described as their 'worst ever' case. Christine Roberta Stewart left Tyson to fend for himself after she was evicted by Birmingham city council for not paying rent at her Ladywood home.

Horrified neighbours alerted the RSPCA to the emaciated and flea-bitten state of the dog who was later put down because of his appalling injuries.

On Friday Stewart, 38, who now lives in a hostel in Lye, Stourbridge, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering by failing to provide veterinary treatment or proper care and attention.

Jane Linnecor, prosecuting, said: 'Council officers attended the premises with police and a city housing officer for the purpose of removing a dog following the eviction of a tenant.

'The dog, a Rottweiler, was in the back garden and officers immediately noticed he was suffering from extreme neglect.

'His fur was matted with puss and blood, there were open soars on his shoulders, back, legs, foot and base of the tail.

'He was considerably under weight, his back legs were lame and his claws were overgrown.

Officers also noticed blood on the patio and kennel which had come from the dog's wounds.

'The dog was admitted for veterinary examination and was later put down on humane grounds due to the extreme seriousness of his condition.'

Magistrates adjourned the case until May 17 for a pre sentence report - but warned Stewart the case was 'so serious' that jail was being considered.

Speaking after the hearing, senior city council dog warden Vikki Allwood said the case was the worst she had dealt with in 12-years in the job.

Last week Lloyd Earlington, 35, and Julie Ward, 37, both of AlumRock and David Hunkins, 33, of Washwood Heath, were all jailed for three months after they caused the death of 11 puppies by carrying out a 'barbaric' tail docking operation.

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