A starving Dalmatian named Penny has been saved by the RSPCA, after she was spotted in a house by workmen her owner had hired.

Penny’s owner, Alastair Watt, had contracted some builders to carry out work in his home. The builders found Penny living in a crate with no food or water, and were so shocked by her appearance they called the RSPCA.

Dalmatian Penny in an emaciated state
Penny in her emaciated state. Via RSPCA.

RSPCA inspector Becky Harper said, “As soon as I saw Penny I knew that something wasn’t right. She was so thin and you could see her hip bones, spine and ribs. She was also very nervous but clearly desperate for food.

“She weighed 9kg, which is far from what she should have weighed, and vets gave her an extremely low body score of one out of nine. As soon as we gave her some food she wolfed it down – she was so hungry.”

Penny the Dalmatian, emaciated.
Penny soon after she was taken in by the RSPCA. Via RSPCA

Inspector Harper continued, “It was clearly obvious that she was in a state of neglect. It was very quickly proven that there were no underlying health issues and her poor condition was simply due to not being provided with a suitable diet.

“It is not acceptable to leave an animal to suffer in the state that she was in.”

For causing Penny’s suffering Watt was sentenced to ten-year disqualification order. He was fined £1,400 and ordered to pay £650 costs. Penny is now in the hands of the RSPCA, and has recovered very well from her ordeal.

Penny following her recovery. Via RSPCA

Inspector Harper said of the sentencing, “In court, the magistrates clearly stated that they could not understand how any person could look at this dog and fail to recognise that there was a serious issue with her weight or health. I believe that the severity of this offence has now been taken on board by Mr Watt, with the sentencing reflecting the gravity of the situation, and it is hoped that lessons have been learned to prevent any similar situation reoccurring in the future.”

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