Girl, 19, spared jail after leaving dogs to starve to death in filthy home

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Girl, 19, spared jail after leaving dogs to starve to death in filthy home

'Two surviving dogs, a young male Rottweiler called Bronson and a grey long-haired lurcher called Gypsy, were both obviously very underweight' 

Two surviving dogs, a young male Rottweiler called Bronson and a grey long-haired lurcher called Gypsy, were both obviously very underweight (Picture: NNP)

A teenage girl allowed two of her dogs to starve to death after buying a third – despite an RSPCA warning about her horrific cruelty to her pets.

Nicole Jones, 19, placed the animals in shocking conditions and left them to forage among the junk scattered throughout the house.

The pets knocked over a pot of paint and left a heart-breaking trail prints all over the surfaces and inside the fridges as they desperately searched for food.

One dog was found by RSPCA inspectors, who raided the property, lying dead next to a chewed up Pot Noodle carton.

Another was rescued by the charity but had to be put to sleep because it was so emaciated, JPs in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, were told.

Dated: 29/05/2019 Gypsy, a long,-haired lurcher, is now settled in a new home after horrific treatment by former owner Nicole Jones, 19, from Ferryhill, County Durham, who allowed a dog to starve to death and kept two others, including Gypsy, to live in filth alongside the body. Jones has been disqualified from keeping animals for ten years and has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates? Court. Pictured: The conditions at Nicole Jones' home. See story North News

Nicole Jones, 19, placed the animals in shocking conditions and left them to forage among the junk scattered throughout the house (Picture: NNP)

Dated: 29/05/2019 Gypsy, a long,-haired lurcher, is now settled in a new home after horrific treatment by former owner Nicole Jones, 19, from Ferryhill, County Durham, who allowed a dog to starve to death and kept two others, including Gypsy, to live in filth alongside the body. Jones has been disqualified from keeping animals for ten years and has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates? Court. Pictured: The conditions at Nicole Jones' home. See story North News

The pets knocked over a pot of paint and left a heart-breaking trail prints all over the surfaces and inside the fridges as they desperately searched for food (Picture: NNP)

Dated: 29/05/2019 *PLEASE NOTE - GRAPHIC IMAGE* Gypsy, a long,-haired lurcher, is now settled in a new home after horrific treatment by former owner Nicole Jones, 19, from Ferryhill, County Durham, who allowed a dog to starve to death and kept two others, including Gypsy, to live in filth alongside the body. Jones has been disqualified from keeping animals for ten years and has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates? Court. Pictured: The dog found dead at Nicole Jones' home. See story North News

One dog was found by RSPCA inspectors, who raided the property, lying dead next to a chewed up Pot Noodle carton (Picture: NNP)

Jones, who was 18 at the time of the offences, escaped an immediate jail sentence but was banned from keeping animals for ten years.

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RSPCA inspector Garry Palmer attended Jones home on 12 January this year.

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He said: I could see through the window that the conditions inside were awful with dog faeces and household rubbish littered throughout.

There was a young tan and white crossbreed curled up on the floor dead next to a chewed-up Pot Noodle pot.

Two surviving dogs, a young male Rottweiler called Bronson and a grey long-haired lurcher called Gypsy, were both obviously very underweight.

Insp Palmer added: Gypsy was laid out on a settee and appeared very weak and listless.

She barely moved when I knocked on the window.

When we got inside, we found a tub of fence paint in the house had been knocked over revealing paw prints on top of the worktops and even inside the empty fridge.

It was a very upsetting scene.

Dated: 29/05/2019 Gypsy, a long,-haired lurcher, is now settled in a new home after horrific treatment by former owner Nicole Jones, 19, from Ferryhill, County Durham, who allowed a dog to starve to death and kept two others, including Gypsy, to live in filth alongside the body. Jones has been disqualified from keeping animals for ten years and has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates? Court. Pictured: The conditions at Nicole Jones' home. See story North News

Another was rescued by the charity but had to be put to sleep because it was so emaciated, JPs in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, were told (Picture: NNP)

Dated: 29/05/2019 Gypsy, a long,-haired lurcher, is now settled in a new home after horrific treatment by former owner Nicole Jones, 19, from Ferryhill, County Durham, who allowed a dog to starve to death and kept two others, including Gypsy, to live in filth alongside the body. Jones has been disqualified from keeping animals for ten years and has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates? Court. Pictured: The conditions at Nicole Jones' home. See story North News

RSPCA inspector Garry Palmer attended Jones home on 12 January this year (Picture: NNP)

Dated: 29/05/2019 Gypsy, a long,-haired lurcher, is now settled in a new home after horrific treatment by former owner Nicole Jones, 19, from Ferryhill, County Durham, who allowed a dog to starve to death and kept two others, including Gypsy, to live in filth alongside the body. Jones has been disqualified from keeping animals for ten years and has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates? Court. Pictured: Gypsy in her new home See story North News

Gypsy, a long,-haired lurcher, is now settled in a new home after horrific treatment by former owner Nicole (Picture: NNP)

Dated: 29/05/2019 Gypsy, a long,-haired lurcher, is now settled in a new home after horrific treatment by former owner Nicole Jones, 19, from Ferryhill, County Durham, who allowed a dog to starve to death and kept two others, including Gypsy, to live in filth alongside the body. Jones has been disqualified from keeping animals for ten years and has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates? Court. See story North News

There was a young tan and white crossbreed curled up on the floor dead next to a chewed-up Pot Noodle pot (Picture: NNP)

The surviving dogs were immediately taken to a veterinary surgery for emergency treatment.

Gypsy was very emaciated, as soon as she was offered food and water she ate and drank immediately.

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She continued to eat well while hospitalised, being fed small amounts four times a day, and she gained 45% of her original body weight in less than three weeks.

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Sadly, Bronson was put to sleep on veterinary advice.

Insp Palmer described the dead dog in the house as the most underweight dog he had ever encountered whilst being employed with the RSPCA.

He said: In my opinion this is as bad as it gets – depriving animals of their basic needs of food and water and as a consequence one dog paid the ultimate price.

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