A Papakura man has been banned from owning animals for five years after almost starving his dog to death.
Jared Kelly, 23, was sentenced on Thursday in the Papakura District Court for ill-treating an animal.
He was fined $350 and ordered to pay reparations of $386, as well as court costs.
The dog, an adult male boxer-staffordshire terrier cross, was found by an SPCA Auckland inspector in June last year.
He was so thin that his ribcage, backbone and hip bones were clearly visible, and so weak that he struggled to bark.
The dog would have died of starvation if left in his owner's care, a vet said.
Kelly admitted during questioning that he had lost interest in the dog and had contemplated having him put down.
He knew the dog wasn't well but had not sought vet treatment, he said. The dog was surrendered to SPCA Auckland but later had to be put down because of "serious behaviour problems", the organisation's executive director Bob Kerridge says.
"Losing interest does not give any human the right to neglect an animal in a backyard to starve to death, and the court's five-year disqualification ‘from owning any animals will hopefully ensure such will not occur again at the hands of this person."
- Papakura Courier
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