A South Auckland woman has been sentenced to community service and banned from owning a dog for 10 years after mistreating her animal to the point of near-death.
Skyline, a boxer cross, was found by a SPCA inspector suffering from severe starvation at the Mangere property in 2014 with his backbone, rib-cage and pelvic bones all clearly visible.
In addition, his skull bones were prominent, his claws were overgrown and his eyes were sunken from dehydration and he was weak, unresponsive and struggled to stand up.
He also suffered from mites, as well as yeast and bacterial infections in his ears.
His owner, Debbie Patch, was found guilty of ill-treatment of an animal at Manukau District Court after she admitted to not seeking vet treatment when Skyline's skin problems returned.
A SPCA vet said it was clear the dog would have been in severe pain for months and the condition was entirely preventable.
In addition to 40 hours community work and the 10 year dog ownership disqualification, Patch was also ordered to pay $1112 in reparations.
Skyline, renamed Sky, fully recovered from his mistreatment and has been found a new home.