An animal abuser who left one dead dog in a wheelie bin for weeks and another suffering from starvation has been spared jail.
An RSPCA inspector who visited Tracey Ardin’s home saw a paw sticking out of the bin and found a puppy’s carcass which was decomposing and maggot-infested.
Blackpool Magistrates court heard Ardin, a 28-year-old single mother-of-one, formerly of Enfield Road, North Shore, was found guilty of two offences of causing an animal unnecessary suffering after a trial in her absence,
The court was told she frequently fed pasta to the pets.
Ardin was banned from keeping any animal for 10 years, sentenced to three months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, put on one year’s supervision and ordered to pay £150 costs plus £100 victims’ surcharge.
District Judge Edward Barr sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court told her: “It is often said that keeping animals is a privilege and you do not deserve that privilege at present.”
Jonathan Fail, prosecuting for the RSPCA said a concerned member of the public asked one of the animal charity inspectors to look at a Staffordshire Bull terrier of Ardin’s called Rodney on July 9 last year. The dog’s hips and ribs were showing and tests by a vet showed it was emaciated.
The next day RSPCA inspector Helen Smith visited Ardin’s home in the resort,
She found the body of a Staffordshire Bull terrier puppy called Rita dead in the wheelie bin and a dead hamster in its cage in the kitchen. The six-months old puppy had been dead about two weeks.
Ardin told the inspector both dogs had suffered from sickness and diarrhoea on and off for about six months, but she did not take them to a vet as she could not afford it. She said she fed the dogs every day but gave them pasta at times.
Robert Castle, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, suffered serious financial problems after losing her job. She did not ask for help and lost her home.
Mr Castle added: “The dogs were not the only ones who suffered from a lack of food, at times my client did not feed herself properly. She was in a position where she could not cope.”