A man who left a great Dane to starve to death has been sentenced to 14 weeks in prison.

Runcorn Magistrates Court heard on January 5 that Anthony Astles from Runcorn, Cheshire, left his black great Dane Neo locked in a tiny room in a caravan.

The caravan was kept on a pallet yard and it was only after a new staff member stumbled upon it that Neo’s emaciated corpse was found.  

He had been locked in a tiny caravan toilet to starve and the floor was covered in excrement.

Astles was sentenced to a 14-week custodial sentence and a lifetime ban on keeping all animals, as well as an £85 surcharge.

At a previous hearing he had entered a guilty plea to one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to Neo between January 31 and February 28 last year.  

RSPCA inspector Nadine Pengilly said: “In 10 years of being an inspector this is the saddest thing I have ever seen.  

“He was such a big dog and was just shut in that tiny room, it was filthy and full of excrement.  

“He had starved to death and he must have spent four to six weeks waiting for someone to come and rescue him. Thinking about how Neo must have suffered is incredibly sad.”

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