A man has been jailed after a Jack Russell starved to death and another stayed alive by eating her remains.
Shane Potts, 29, from Chinley, High Peak, was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison after he he left the two dogs to fend for themselves for more than a month.
Nala a female, and Simba, a male were left alone in a house without proper food and water but appeared to have been desperately trying to reach a bag of dog biscuits that had been left out on a worktop.
RSPCA inspector Lorna Campbell was called to the property by a concerned member of the public and said she thought she could see a chewed-up dog toy through the window - but soon realised it was the remains of Nala.
Describing the horrific moment she discovered the two dogs, Ms Campbell said: "When I saw Simba at the window it was obvious he was emaciated and when I looked in I saw what I thought was a toy he'd chewed up. It took a moment before I realised the full horror of what it actually was, the remains of Nala. It was devastating."
Potts was sentenced at Chesterfield Magistrates Court today (Tuesday 21st August) and has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years.
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