Woman banned from keeping animals for five years after ‘skin and bones’ dog found tied to stairs

A woman has been banned form keeping animals for five years after the RSPCA found two dogs in terrible condition.

Doris Nartey of Capel Crescent in Newport pleaded guilty to four animal welfare offences.

In January 2019, RSPCA inspectors found Staffordshire bull terrier, Rosie, tied to stairs in the property. She was underweight and dehydrated.

dog at vet

Another dog, Boss, was found in a crate inside the property with no food water or bedding.

An RSPCA inspector said it was clear both dogs had been neglected and their needs were not being met.


I was just completely shocked when I saw Rosie in such an emaciated condition and tied to the stairs. She was just skin and bones – it was heartbreaking to see.

When Rosie was taken out of the house, she drank eagerly from a pool of rainwater – she clearly was extremely thirsty. The dogs were immediately taken to a vets and following an examination Rosie was found to be dehydrated, had sores on her feet and was emaciated.


Rosie and Boss were placed on a specialised veterinary diet in RSPCA care for weight gain and were successfully rehomed from RSPCA Newport Animal Centre to a forever home together.

At court, Nartey was banned from keeping any animal for five years. She was also fined £180, ordered to pay £400 costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

In mitigation, the court heard that she was remorseful and had been struggling to cope.

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