Belfast man who allowed German Shepherd dog to starve to death given community service and life ban
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A man who left his German Shepherd dog to starve to death has been given 220 hours of community service and disqualified from owning dogs for life.
The case against Mark Elliott came to light after Belfast City Council officials were called to a property he formerly rented in Templemore Street in November 2014.
Inside the flat, officials found the remains of the dog.
The kitchen floor where the dog was found was described as being covered in faeces and dried blood, which may have been passed by the dog before its death.
Veterinary evidence confirmed the cause of death as starvation.
Mr Elliott, whose address was given as Lendrick Street pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his dog at Belfast Magistrates' on Tuesday.
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