A Sutton Leach man has been banned from keeping dogs for five years after he starved his pet boxer for months on end.
Gary Garner of Radstock Grove, admitting failing to provide veterinary care and causing unnecessary suffering to six-year-old, Zara.
Magistrates also ordered him to serve a 12 month community order and pay £336 court costs.
The court heard how dog wardens found Zara wandering the streets of Sutton Leach as a stray.
She was in an emaciated condition and took into the care of St Helens Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement team.
Zara was found to have wounds to both her head and around her eyes. When examined she weighed just 11.9kg - less than half what she should have been. Tests suggested the dog had been starved over a long period of time.
Pauline Stone, operations manager for the dog warden service, said: "We will enforce the Animal Welfare Act whenever possible - but we can only bring these matters to a successful conclusion if we have the dog in our possession. I would urge members of the public to contact our service right away when they find a stray dog."
Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspro, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Green Smart and Sustainable Borough, said: "As we approach Christmas, I would urge people to do their homework around the costs and needs of any animal that they may decide on as a pet.
“This is a sad case that led to a dog suffering through neglect – but one that hopefully acts as an eye-opener for other irresponsible owners."
The Dog Welfare and Enforcement team deal with stray dogs, dogs acting in a dangerous manner and dog microchipping.
To contact them call 01744 676299.