Dog neglect woman released from prison after winning sentence appeal
A woman jailed for neglecting a dog found "close to death" has won an appeal against her sentence.
Marie Elizabeth Staniforth, 32, was locked up by magistrates last month after a starved and emaciated lurcher-type animal known as Charlie was located in Cleator Moor.
An RSPCA inspector described Charlie as the skinniest dog he'd ever seen alive. The dog had been left by Staniforth for around a month with little or no food or water.
Staniforth, a pre-school owner, denied a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to Charlie. But she was found guilty after a trial, jailed for 126 days... read more
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