A woman has been disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years after an emaciated dog was found dead in a kennel while two others were found unwell. When the RSPCA visited the Newport home after a call from police, they found a female bull breed type dog named Dior dead in a kennel. Her ribs were clearly visible and a post mortem found wood particles in her stomach which she had eaten to try to satisfy her hunger.

Two other dogs - a female chow chow called Storm, and a chow chow type puppy named Chase, were also found in the faeces-strewn house in Cromwell Road, Newport. Sadly, despite recovering from her emaciated condition, Storm was found to have a debilitating condition so on veterinary advice to prevent further suffering it was decided to put her to sleep. Chase has been happily rehomed by the RSPCA.

During a post mortem, it was found that Dior had two bruises to her neck and wood throughout her guts. A vet found her to be at the lowest end of a body condition score at one out of nine - meaning it would have taken between two to three weeks of starvation for her to get from a normal condition to the state she was found in if she had no food at all and access only to water.

Alyshia Diana Taylor, of Keene Avenue, Rogerstone, Newport, appeared at Newport Magistrates’ Court for sentencing on Tuesday, March 26 after previously pleading guilty to three offences under the Animal Welfare Act.

The court heard how she had caused unnecessary suffering by failing to provide Dior with a suitable diet. According to the RSPCA 24-year-old Taylor also admitted the same charge in relation to chow chow Storm, and admitted a third offence of failing to ensure that the needs of Storm and puppy Chase, were met. For the latest Newport news, sign up to our newsletter here

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In a witness statement, provided to the court, RSPCA Inspector Sophie Daniels said she received a call on Monday, January 30 2023 from the police regarding two dogs that had been removed from the house. The dogs had been taken to a vet's practice for an examination and treatment. Ms Daniels was also told there was a dead dog at the property.

She said: “I established that of the two dogs removed, both of which were black Chow Chows, the adult female was in an emaciated condition and had been deemed to be in a suffering state by the vet and, her male puppy, was found to be thin and as such not having his needs met.”

Dirty looking kennel where a dead dog was found
Where Dior was found
Picture of dog basket and dog poo on the floor in kitchen
Dog faeces was found all over the floor

When Ms Daniels attended to remove the body from the property, she said: “There were toys and belongings cluttering the floor and there was a strong smell of dog. I walked through to a back room with lots of clutter left around. On the table, amongst other items, I saw an empty box of Bakers dog food and on the floor by the sofa, was an unopened sack of dry dog food.

“The kitchen was at the back of the property and was filthy with dog faeces all over the floor. The faeces was particularly concentrated by the back patio doors. There was a plastic dog bed on the floor by the back doors, which contained a dirty blanket. There were some plastic takeaway containers on the floor with a drop of water contained.”

Outside in an enclosure furthest away from the house she said there were lots of dog faeces, a tipped over empty bucket and two silver dog bowls containing a small amount of brownish yellow dirty liquid. In the back corner of the pen of a wooden open-fronted kennel contained the dead dog - Dior.

Ms Daniels said: “The dog was laying on its left side on dirty bedding and there was an extremely strong smell of decay. The body was extremely thin with ribs visible. The eyes were sunken and there was dark, bloody liquid coming from the dog's mouth and nose.”

Dirty kennel where Dior died
Dior's kennel once her body was removed

She also noted that as she removed the body, large maggots - some over one centimetres in length - fell from the body. The body of Dior was examined by a vet and was also sent away for a post mortem examination.

The vet said Dior was just under three years old - according to her microchip. In a witness statement, provided to the court, he said: “The body was emaciated with very little muscle mass remaining on her body.”

Following the post mortem report, he said: “The report showed that she had two bruises on her neck, wood throughout her guts and had died due to necrosis (or cell death) of multiple areas of her heart, the cause for the necrosis was not able to be determined.

“However the other changes of muscle mass loss, and severe loss of fat throughout the body indicates a severe energy imbalance or lack of food prior to her death.

“With her body at the lowest end of body condition score at one out of nine, this means that if she had had no food at all and just access to water, to get to the condition she was found in from a normal condition would have taken between two to three weeks of starvation, longer if she had access to food in that time.

“It is my professional opinion that Dior was allowed to suffer unnecessarily by her owner/carer from hunger due to lack of feeding over a prolonged period of time.”

A skinny dog named Storm
Storm was too unwell to be rehomed
A thin dog named Storm
Storm was found in a poor condition

Taylor was sentenced to 36 weeks custody suspended for 18 months along with a 10-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. She was also handed a disqualification order banning her from keeping any animal for 10 years. She was also ordered to pay £975 towards costs.