Man left dogs to starve to death in crate within metres of full bags of food

The dogs were kept in a crate in the kitchen, just metres for full bags of food
The dogs were kept in a crate in the kitchen, just metres for full bags of food (Picture: SWNS)

A man left his two dogs to starve to death in a crate after struggling to cope with the death of his girlfriend.

The two young boxer dogs, named Bruno and Ruby, were left within metres of full bags of foods and treats but had only been given one bowl of water and food for five days. Stephen New, 34, admitted causing the dogs unnecessary suffering. The court heard how he had been mourning his girlfriend and neglected his pets for nearly a week, leaving a stench of ‘rotting dead bodies’ in his home.
RSPCA officers were called to the house in Maltby, South Yorkshire, on July 14 this year after police became concerned about the welfare of animals when they spotted flies at the windows. When they entered the property they found the lifeless bodies of Bruno, two, and 18-month-old Ruby curled up together in the crate.

Vets believed New would have seen them getting weaker and thinner but still didn’t take action.

The dogs were so decomposed by the time officers arrived at the scene, they were unable to conduct a post mortem.

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But they concluded the pair had tragically died due to a lack of food and water, and would have suffered greatly.

The two dogs were left to rot by the owner who didn't give them food and water
The dogs were left for five days with minimal food and water (Picture: SWNS)
New pleaded guilty to one offence of causing unnecessary suffering to two boxer dogs at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

He was sentenced to a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and was ordered to pay £400 in costs. He was also banned from keeping all animals for life.

RSPCA inspector Vanessa Reid, who was at the scene, said: ‘I arrived to find police officers had already been granted access by the owner to find the dead bodies of two boxers in a crate in the kitchen.

‘When I entered the house I could immediately smell a strong aroma that I know to be the smell of rotting dead bodies.

Picture of the two dogs inside the crate where they were found dead
The dogs’ rotting bodies were discovered by police and the RSPCA (Picture: SWNS)

‘The house was quite dark with all blinds closed, and had very little furniture inside. I had walked past several bags of dog food, some opened, some full and sealed, along with other dog items such as toys and leads.

‘The kitchen was cluttered and grimey. On the side, there was a jar full of dog chews, a large bowl full of dog food, and a smaller bowl containing a small amount of food and some faeces.

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‘In the centre of the kitchen was a large training crate containing the remains of two dogs.

‘They were laid together, tucked up beside a bowl which was on its side. I’m not sure whether it was a food or water bowl but it had been licked clean.

‘There was a layer of thick faeces in and surrounding the cage. I tried to move the bodies, which had begun to decompose, and saw there were maggots present.’

The court heard that he’d struggled to cope after the death of his girlfriend and shut everything out, including the dogs who he failed to care for. He fully accepted his responsibility for the dogs’ deaths.

Inspector Reid added: ‘These poor dogs were left to starve to death inside a cage – with jars full of dog treats and open bags of food just metres away.

‘New was solely responsible for those dogs and allowed them to die slowly in front of him.

‘But it was clear to me that he was also suffering himself. When I spoke to him, he was visibly emotional and said he was sorry.’

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