Man let German Shepherd starve to death in home ‘littered with faeces’

Dog owner Michael Warren has been jailed after his dogs, Panther and Bolt, were found starving in 'squalid' home conditions
Dog owner Michael Warren let his German Shepherd, Bolt, starve to death (Picture: RSPCA)
A dog owner has been jailed after one of his German Shepherds was found starved to death in appalling conditions. Michael Warren, 35, has been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to his dogs , Bolt and Panther, after RSPCA inspectors discovered horrifying conditions upon entering his Teesside home. One of the German Shepherds, named Panther, had been starved to near death, while it was unfortunately already too late to save Bolt. Warren was jailed on Thursday for his appalling neglect of the dogs , but failed to turn up to his trial at Teesside Crown Court.

The animal charity released an image showing the shocking scene inspectors found when they visited.

Bolt had already starved to death, while Panther, looking agonisingly skinny, tragically stood guard over the dog’s corpse.

Pictures show some of the upsetting conditions the dogs had been living in – described in court as ‘squalid’.

This was the heartbreaking scene RSPCA inspectors were confronted with when they entered the home of Grangetown man, Michael Warren. One of the German Shepherds had been starved to near death, the other it was too late to save. On Thursday Warren, 35, was jailed for his appalling neglect of the dogs, called Bolt and Panther. The animal charity has now released a photo showing the scene inspectors found when they visited.
One of the German Shepherds had been starved to near death, while the other it was too late to save (Picture: Katie Lunn / RSPCA / Evening Gazette)

The distressing scene includes a stain-covered mattress, a sofa ripped to pieces and dirt on the floor.

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A vet confirmed that Bolt’s death had been caused by malnutrition, while Panther was left weighing just 17.5kg, around half the weight of a healthy German Shepherd.

Furthermore, the dog had suffered hair loss and was riddled with fleas.

Prosecutor Stewart Haywood said: ‘The conditions within the property are described as being appalling.’

The home was ‘littered with faeces’ with ‘a small quantity of food and water available for both animals’.

When interviewed Warren was said to show ‘very little remorse’, apparently getting up at one point to ‘make a cup of tea’.
A dog owner let his German Shepherd starve to death and left another with severe muscle wastage in an appalling act of cruelty. Michael Warren, 35, neglected the two dogs so badly that when RSPCA inspectors visited on June 27 it was too late to save one of the animals, called Bolt. Michael Warren, 33, from Middlesbrough, given a suspended prison sentence for harassment and making a threat to kill at Teesside Crown Court
Michael Warren failed to turn up to his trial (Picture: Evening Gazette)

Warren was charged with two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Though he wasn’t present in court, he was found guilty in his absence and also appeared on Thursday to be sentenced for breaching a suspended sentence order relating to an offence he was sentenced for last year.

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The court directed that the surviving dog, Panther, be passed into the care of the RSPCA to ultimately be rehomed.

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