When Sazzle and his pal Leggs were taken away from the hands of their neglectful owners, they were emaciated and in need of water and food. Nobody knew how long these two dogs hadn’t eaten properly, as their ribs were visible through their skinny bodies.
Once their rescuers offered them some food, Sazzle ate it in under 15 seconds. That’s how hungry the poor creature was. The video of him being so excited over the bowl of dog food made people both happy for him, and outraged at the cruel owners who starved Sazzle to that extent.
The dogs’ owners, spouses Jason Bowditch, 43, and Samantha Rees-Bowditch, 44, from Portsmouth, Hants, told RSPCA how they didn’t plan on starving the dogs, as they were just trying to keep them healthy by ‘putting them on diet,’ which is a lousy excuse for the extent of cruelty they did.
RSPCA were alerted of the dogs’ condition in August 2018 after they got a call from a concerned neighbor of the couple.
After the owners appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates Court, they were given a three-year disqualification from keeping animals and were ordered to pay a fine of £400.
Charlotte Coggins, a RSPCA Inspector, said: ‘This was a frustrating and saddening case where these two dogs were left without the care they desperately needed.”
“Sazzle was in a shocking condition when we first saw him with every bone showing. It was hard to believe he is a Staffordshire bull terrier crossed with a labrador.”
After the medical examination, it was determined how the reason for being so thin wasn’t related to any illness, the dogs’ were obviously starved, and their condition improved a great deal after they started eating regularly.
‘Those who own animals have a responsibility to look after them and ensure their needs are met – it’s never acceptable to just sit back and watch animals starve. Thankfully, both Sazzle and Leggs have recovered and are now happy and healthy after gaining weight and condition,” inspector Coggins added.
Both Sazzle and Leggs are now at a safe place where they get food, treats, and lots of love. We hope they’ll find their forever home with new owners who’ll treat them right.