Woman goes on holiday and leaves dog alone to die

Roshina Jowaheer

A pet owner from Dudley who left her dog alone to die with just a bowl of dog biscuits while she went on holiday has been banned from keeping animals.

Claire Autie was yesterday banned from keeping animals for the next 15 years after she left her Staffordshire bull terrier, Babe, alone in the garden and arranged for a neighbour to care for the dog two days after going on holiday.

Her neighbour was unable to care for the dog for the first two days of Autie's holiday as she was away herself and thought other arrangements had been made.

Dudley magistrates told how Babe was found collapsed by the neighbour and believed it may have been in a dog fight while in the garden alone.

Mother of two Autie has previously been guilty of causing unnecessary harm to an animal. As well as the ban on owning pets, prosecuting magistrate Margaret Walker gave her a community order of 12 months' supervision and 180 hours of unpaid work. She was also ordered to pay £250 to RSPCA costs.

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