Emaciated dog was forced to eat parts of his dead mother to survive after cruel owner left them to starve for two weeks

  • Neglect by Katrina Plumridge saw Staffordshire bull terrier Ronnie die
  • Dog's son Scrappy was forced to eat her to survive at Grimsby house
  • Alarm raised by letting agent shocked by 'thinnest dog he'd ever seen'
  • Plumridge moved out of house and dogs were found three weeks later
  • Given 18-week suspended jail term and 180 hours' unpaid work to do

By Mark Duell

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A pet owner starved her two dogs so badly that one was forced to eat part of his mother’s dead body in a desperate attempt to survive.

The mother died a ‘horrendous’ death and both were in a terrible state when found after two weeks of starvation earlier this year at the home of Katrina Plumridge, 31, in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

The barely-alive dog was ‘shockingly thin’ and the house had a ‘nauseating and overpowering’ stench, Grimsby Magistrates Court heard.

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Horrendous: The male dog, Scrappy (right), was so badly emaciated that he ate the body of his mother Ronnie (centre) to try to survive at the home of Katrina Plumridge in Grimsby, Lincolnshire

Horrendous: The male dog, Scrappy (right), was so badly emaciated that he ate the body of his mother Ronnie (centre) to try to survive at the home of Katrina Plumridge in Grimsby, Lincolnshire

The suffering was so serious that the female Staffordshire bull terrier, named Ronnie, died of starvation, Nigel Burn, prosecuting, told the court last Friday.

Suspended jail term: The dogs were in a terrible state when found after two weeks of starvation at the home of Katrina Plumridge, 31 (pictured)

Suspended jail term: The dogs were in a terrible state when found after two weeks of starvation at the home of Katrina Plumridge, 31 (pictured)

The male dog, her son Scrappy, was so badly emaciated that he ate her body to try to survive.

‘The degree of suffering caused to both dogs was extreme and prolonged,’ Mr Burn said. ‘It was as severe and extreme as it can get.’

The alarm was raised when a letting agent visited her home and saw dog mess on the steps, stairs, an upstairs floor and a bed.

A painfully thin dog jumped past him. He said its ribs, spine and hip bones could all be seen and it was the thinnest dog he had ever witnessed.

He tried to go into the kitchen but it was blocked from the inside by the dead body of the mother dog. The letting agent then called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Mr Burn said: ‘Every single bone in its frame was visible and the stomach was curved in. The empty dog bowls were bone dry.’

A decorator who went into the house said the stench made him feel physically sick, Ronnie was like a skeleton and Scrappy was ‘shockingly thin’.

A veterinary surgeon estimated that the dogs would have been suffering from starvation for at least two weeks.

Plumridge moved out of the house on March 28 but the dogs weren’t found until April 19. She had claimed a friend was supposed to be finding new homes for the dogs and left them without going back to check on them.

But the RSPCA treated this with scepticism because she couldn’t give a full name or a telephone number for her friend.

She even claimed that she could not leave bowls of food or water for the dogs because decorating was going on.

Plumridge admitted they were ‘horrendous’ offences and led to ‘very sad circumstances’, Ed Bates, defending, said.

He added: ‘Plumridge claimed that the dogs were looked after OK but she admitted that no bowls were left for them "because decorating was going on".

‘Concern had been raised by visitors because the dogs seemed to be hungry - but these dogs were always hungry and would eat anything that was put down.

Astonishing neglect: The barely-alive dog Scrappy (pictured) was 'shockingly thin' and the house had a 'nauseating and overpowering' stench, Grimsby Magistrates Court heard

Astonishing neglect: The barely-alive dog Scrappy (pictured) was 'shockingly thin' and the house had a 'nauseating and overpowering' stench, Grimsby Magistrates Court heard

‘One of the dogs had pinched some of the decorator’s sandwiches but they always acted that way and it was not because they were not being fed properly.’

'Concern had been raised by visitors because the dogs seemed to be hungry - but these dogs were always hungry and would eat anything that was put down'

Ed Bates, defending


Unemployed Plumridge was handed an 18-week suspended prison sentence, 180 hours’ unpaid work and was ordered to pay £500 costs.

Magistrate Tony Miller told her: ‘You should have continued to check on them to ensure there were in safe keeping.’

Plumridge was banned from owning, keeping or being involved with the care of animals until further notice under the Animal Welfare Act.

She will have to serve a minimum ban of one year before applying to a court to have the ban lifted.

 

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Stupid vile woman - she should have taken them to a shelter or rspca , or even leaving them to roam the streets would have given them a chance as hopefully some one would have alerted the RSPCA quicker. Thank god that letting agent went round. I don't understand these people. Let's hope she doesn't have kids and expect her 'friends' to Fred them

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Poor poor dogs. I hate these evil so called human beings. Obviously money for food was not an issue going by the size of the perpetrator. Once more the law does nothing and we have to hope that karma catches up with her :(

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It amazes me that people can do the most inhuman, cruel acts and not be sent to prison for it. These dogs have suffered in the most appalling way and over a long length of time and yet the woman has got off lightly and because she is unemployed she will probably only have to pay back a tiny amount of the fine each week, if it ever gets paid at all. I hope the surviving dog now gets all the love and attention it deserves, and I hope that the pathetic excuse for a human being that did this suffers and get what she deserves!

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Why the suspended sentence? Should be jailed for 2 years, banned for life from owning another living thing, including children. Grrrrrr. Cruelty laws for animals are far too lenient in this and many other countries.

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I am absolutely disgusted this wretched "human" got off so lighltly after causing such unbearable suffering. The law in this country is being laughed at by animal abusers. The sickos know they can do virtually anything to defenceless creatures and will receive nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Disgusting.

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Have you noticed how frequent these horrendous stories of cruelty are occurring.What is going on in the Human Zoo out there?

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This woman is clearly sadistic!! Can't believe she is on the streets

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What a cruel horrible woman - hope she gets pay back for this - stop her dinner for a week and see her face! Should have gone to JAIL!

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Disgusting - by the look of her she wouldn't be able to go without food for 15 minutes, poor dogs there is no need for this.

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What a repulsive human being she is. Disgraceful.

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