A COUPLE who left their dog in a tiny cage in their garden have been fined almost £2,000.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bless, was left without enough food and no shelter. Urine and faeces were left in the cage and in the dog’s food.
Sarah Gardener, 22, and 26-year-old Samuel Brenya had initially entered a not guilty plea at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.
But they changed it on the day of the sentencing, a decision which earned them minimal credit according to District Judge Timothy Pattinson who called the two ‘appalling’.
Gardner had been charged with causing unnecessary harm to a dog and Brenya with failing to take proper steps to prevent it between August 28 last year and October.
The duo were both disqualified from keeping any animal for a period of five years
Brenya was given a 12 month community order in which he will carry out 180 hours of unpaid work.
He also has a curfew between 8pm and 6am on Friday and Saturday nights and was forced to pay £1,500.
Gardener also received a 12 month community order with a curfew every day between 8pm and 6am.
She was also ordered to pay £250.