Man banned from owning dogs after starving pet
A man who left his German shepherd dog to starve to death has been sentenced to 220 hours of community service.
Mark Elliott, whose address was given as Lendrick Street, was also disqualified from owning dogs for life after he pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his animal.
The case against Elliott came to light after officials from Belfast City Council were called to a property he formerly rented. A search was carried out in Templemore Street in November 2014.
Inside the flat, the officials found the remains of the German shepherd.
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 the dog's death as starvation.