May 18, 2022, 0:04

    Woman who went on two-week holiday and left dog in filthy cage to die avoids jail

    Woman who went on two-week holiday and left dog in filthy cage to die avoids jail

    This is the woman who left her dog in a cage to die while she jetted off on holiday for a fortnight.

    Jade Roberts, 26, from Liverpool, escaped a custodial sentence after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to her Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Daisy.

    The RSPCA started investigating Roberts in August last year after receiving a call from someone with concerns about the dog's welfare, the Liverpool Echo reports.

    One of the animal welfare charity's inspectors, Leanne Cragg, said she was hit with the "overpowering stench of decomposing flesh" when she entered a Liverpool property where Daisy was found.

    Daisy had last been alive on July 31, 2021, when Roberts went on holiday for 14 days.

    Ms Cragg said: “On entering the property I was hit by an overpowering stench of decomposing flesh. There were a lot of live flies flying about the property.

    RSPCA inspector Leanne Cragg says she was hit by an "overpowering stench of decomposing flesh" when she entered the property

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    "I could see a dead, decomposing brindle and white Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog at one end of a large cage in the front room.

    "The base of the cage was covered in a layer of old faeces.

    "At the front of the cage there was a turquoise plastic bowl upside down, a metal bowl of dried food and another metal bowl which was empty.

    “The property was messy and dirty with clothes and rubbish strewn all over the furniture and floor.

    "I removed Daisy from the cage and I could see that her body was very badly decomposed with her eyes were missing, there were holes straight through her body and there were a lot of maggots of varying sizes.”

    Roberts has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years

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    Following sentencing, Inspector Cragg added: “It was a very sad sight and one which could easily have been avoided."

    Roberts was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days, mental health treatment requirement for six months and a victim surcharge of £128 at Northampton Magistrates' Court on Thursday, April 21.

    She was also banned from keeping all animals for 10 years and ordered to pay £500 in costs.

    She had previously pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering by leaving Daisy unattended without sufficient food and water resulting in her death. In mitigation, Roberts claimed she was unaware Daisy was not being cared for as she had arranged for an undisclosed friend to look after Daisy whilst she was away and expressed genuine remorse for Daisy’s death.

    Roberts was also dealing with personal issues at the time.

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