Warning: This story may disturb some readers.
When a man moved out of his apartment to move in with his girlfriend and baby, he left his dog, Nico, to live in the old apartment.
Several weeks later when the RSPCA was following up on a complaint about the apartment and found Nico, the dog was horribly emaciated and was scrounging around for food. His owner had left several bowls of food for him, but all of them were empty except for one with water in it. The apartment was filled with urine and feces.
Nico’s owner pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his dog from December 5, 2006 to January 5, 2007. He said that he was “too busy to visit the flat on anything more than an â€˜irregularâ€™ basis and admitted that if inspectors hadnâ€™t forced entry, he wouldnâ€™t have returned for another week.” The man’s case will begin on June 13. Nico is now in a new home.