A cruel dog owner let one of his German Shepherds starve to death while the other was found barely alive.
Michael Warren, 35, received a visit from the RSPCA on June 27, inspectors found the two dogs in a terrible state, reports Teeside Live.
There was nothing that could be done to save one of the dogs named Bolt while the other, called Panther, had been starved "to the point of emaciation", prosecutor Stewart Haywood told Teesside Crown Court.
Bolt's death was the result of malnutrition, a vet confirmed.
Panther was found weighing 17.5kg – half the weight of a healthy German Shepherd – it was also infested with fleas and suffered hair loss.
Mr Haywood said: "The conditions within the property are described as being appalling."
He added that the home was "littered with faeces".
Warren was charged with two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and he was later found guilty.
Nicci Horton, mitigating, said her client had a diagnosis of dyslexia, had attended special needs schools in his youth and was taken into foster care at the age of six.
She added her client hadn't acted in a malicious way but had been "negligent" and mostly lived at another address.
Judge Jonathan Carroll said on Thursday: "You neglected these two dogs to the extent that one nearly starved to death and the other one actually did."
He added: "You must have known that dog was suffering and you did nothing about it."
Warren, of Avondale Close, Grangetown, was jailed for a total of 30 weeks and disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years.
The court ordered the RSPCA would take custody of Panther.