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Starving dogs ate pregnant Staffie's body while owners holidayed in Skegness

By HGilbey_LE  |  Posted: July 03, 2014

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A couple have been handed suspended jail sentences after leaving their dogs so desperate for food that the pets turned to cannibalism.

Martin and Rebecca Clifton left their four dogs starving and in their own faeces while they holidayed in Skegness, a court heard.

A pregnant Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Braken was found dead by RSPCA inspectors.

A Rottweiler called Rox had been left locked in a small metal cage, and emaciated from lack of food.

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The Rottweiler had started eating Staffordshire Bull Terrier Braken out of pure desperation.

David Payne, prosecuting, said the dead dog had been killed fighting with the other two Staffies that had been left to roam free in the house.

Mr Payne said the condition of the dogs had been caused by weeks of neglect, rather than just the few days the couple were on holiday.

The pets were found by RSPCA inspectors after an anonymous call.

Mansfield Magistrates’ Court was told how all the animals were severely malnourished, with cuts and bite marks on their faces.

The three dogs still alive were taken into care last October.

The court was told that during an interview with police, Mr Clifton said he had fed the dogs dried food twice a day, and had sought advice on the Rottweiler because she was still thin.

Sarah Neale, defending the couple, said they both held down steady jobs.

She said Martin Clifton worked as an assistant manager at a recycling centre, and Rebecca Clifton as a support worker for vulnerable adults.

Both admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to animals.

The husband and wife from New Houghton in Derbyshire were both sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months.

They were also banned from keeping dogs for seven years and ordered to pay £2,000 towards prosecution costs.

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  • NeutralGround  |  July 04 2014, 3:38PM

    These so called Humans should be banned from keeping Dogs for life & as for her position working with Vulnerable Adults, sack her! Vermin the pair of them.

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  • sweep111  |  July 03 2014, 9:22AM

    disgusting vile people. The justice system is a joke when it comes to animals!

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