A STARVED dog died after making a desperate bid for freedom by digging her way out of the squalid kennel she was kept in for three months.
Rottweiler Maisie was found tunnelling out “in her death throes” by a concerned pal of owner Cathryn Tarbuck, who took her to the vet.
But the pooch was sadly took weak to survive and had to be put down.
Her cruel owner Tarbuck, 28, has now been banned from keeping animals for life after admitting causing unnecessary suffering at Birmingham Magistrates Court.
The court heard how the RSPCA were alerted by the vet after they were forced to put Maisie to sleep.
RSPCA inspector Dawn Burrell said: “Maisie was trying to dig her way out of her kennel but she was clearly weak.
“Tarbuck’s friend helped get Maisie out and then said to Tarbuck, ‘She is in a really bad way’.
“The vet who came to assess Maisie said that she had been suffering and sadly she was put to sleep on humane grounds.
“She had likely been suffering for at least three months.
“When she was trying to dig her way out of her kennel, she was in her final death throes.
“It is so sad that she had been left to suffer like that and for her life to end during such a period of distress.
“There is simply no excuse to neglect an animal like this. This was a case of extreme neglect for a long period of time.
“If you have a pet, you are legally responsible to ensure that their needs are met – something Tarbuck clearly failed to do.”
Tarbuck, of Willenhall, West Mids., was given a 12-month community order, fined £50 and ordered to pay £385 costs.