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Your dogs were found shivering, thin and starving; Court hears mum's neglect.

Byline: STEVE BAGNALL

A SINGLE mum kept two starving dogs in filthy conditions a court heard yesterday.

When RSCPA officers rescued the two Staffordshire Bull Terriers from the home of Kelly Marie Leech, of Coed Aben, Wrexham, in November, they were shivering and living in a small pen.

The ribs of the brown and white dogs Rosy and Misty were poking through their skin and there was excrement and urine on the floor were they were being kept, Wrexham Magistrates heard.

Yesterday 23-year-old Leech pleaded guilty to four charges - two of failing to give them a proper diet and two of keeping them in squalid conditions.

Blonde haired Leech appeared before magistrates dressed in a grey coat to confirm her name, address and enter her pleas.

OUR MAN Prosecuting for the RSPCA Glen Murphy said Inspector Chris Dunbar had investigated the case.

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Defending Amy Shearer said: "She is a very young single mum whose partner left her in July 2010.

"She started suffering depression and is currently on medication for the long term, and because of her depression was finding it difficult to get out of bed to do anything. She also had financial difficulties."

The young mum was trying to keep the dogs clean and well fed but was seriously struggling under the circumstances, she told the court.

At one point the RSPCA had left a card and she tried to contact them, but nobody got back to her.

Ms Shearer said Leech was extremely sorry for what had happened and had said she hoped they would go on to find a better life.

Magistrates warned her she faced a community penalty order. The case was adjourned for reports until Monday when she will be sentenced.

and you could see their ribs poking though, they were shivering, and the floor was contaminated with faeces and urine," said Mr Murphy.

"He was concerned about the condition of the dogs and called the police. The dogs were seized and handed over to the RSPCA."

He added both dogs were noted to eat ravenously when food was put in front of them.

A vet report found they were seriously underweight and had suffered for weeks because of the conditions.

Rosie weighed just 11.8kg, and had skin lesions. Misty was 12kg and had scurvy coat.

IN After a couple of months of proper feeding and care both their weights increased to over 16kg.

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Date:Apr 15, 2011
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