Dartford woman avoids jail after starving puppy to death

PUBLISHED: 11:51 10 September 2012 | UPDATED: 15:37 10 September 2012

A Dartford woman who starved her dog to death in a squalid cage has avoided 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 from keeping animals for life and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 court costs.

Her partner Paul Brundsden, 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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