A woman underfed her dog and then neglected the animal by failing to deal with its ingrowing claws which made it difficult for the pedigree Shar Pei to walk.
When the dog, called Miley, was taken to a vets by worried RSPCA officers, it gulped down a can of food and then went looking for more to eat.
I think she has suffered. I should have done things differently.Danielle Hall
Danielle Hall, 24, of Chatsworth Avenue, Fleetwood, was found guilty of two offences of causing suffering to Miley when the case was heard in her absence at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
Sentence was adjourned on Hall so she could appear and face the possibility of being banned from keeping animals in the future.
Jonathan Fail, prosecuting for the animal charity, said RSPCA inspector Amy McIntosh went to Hall’s home.
She asked to see Miley and found it underweight with its ribs and hips showing through its skin.
Eight claws were overgrown and had gone into the pads of its feet.
The inspector removed the animal and took it to a vet who confirmed Miley was underweight and had infections in her feet.
The prosecutor said: “The animal was fed a can of food and some treats and then went hunting the surgery for more food.”
In interview Hall said she paid £300 for the distinctive, ruffled skin dog.
She claimed that she fed Miley two cans of food a day and admitted her claws had needed cutting.
During the interview Hall confessed: “I think she has suffered. I should have done things differently.”