A couple have avoided jail after letting their dog die slowly because they “didn’t get round” to taking it to the vets.

Eddie the border collie, like pictured, was left to die.

Trevor Ducker, 67, and Lucinda Mack, 44, both from Hull, let their border collie Eddie die slowly from cancer.

Beverley Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday (August 11) how the 17-year-old dog was discovered by a Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) inspector locked in a shed, severely emaciated and with just a thin sheet for warmth.

He weighed just 10kg – half his ideal bodyweight – could not stand and was blinded by cataracts when he was rescued.

The couple have now been banned from keeping animals for at least 10 years after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to the dog in January and February this year.

Magistrates sentenced them to eight weeks in custody, suspended for two years.

The pair were also fined £850 in costs and ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.

RSPCA prosecutor Phil Brown said: “When the inspector arrived at the property the dog didn’t seem to be moving and was lying simply on a single thin sheet in the shed outside.

“There was no drinking water. He had to be lifted to his feet, where he stood for a few seconds before falling to the ground.

He had a skeletal frame – every bone was protruding from his spine, ribs and hips,” said Mr Brown.

“He was covered in his own excrement and smelled very strongly of urine.”

In mitigation for Mr Ducker and Ms Mack, Stephen Munroe said the couple could not face the decision of taking Eddie to the vets and having him euthanised.

Mr Munroe said: “They intended to take him to the vets in the past couple of weeks, but they were very upset about his condition.”

Eddie was taken to the vets, where he was euthanised to end his suffering.

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