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Erith woman spared jail after starving dog to death

PUBLISHED: 10:58 11 September 2012

An Erith woman who starved her dog to death in a squalid cage has escaped being sent to prison.

Stacey Lockhurst, 27, of Brook Street, was given a 20-week prison sentence suspended for a year for causing unnecessary suffering to the German Shepherd puppy.

On Friday (7) at Dartford Magistrates Court she was also banned her from keeping animals for life and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 court costs.

Her partner Paul Brunsden, 25, was jailed for 20 weeks for admitting the same charge last month.

The RSPCA described it as one of the worst cases of animal cruelty officers had ever seen.

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