A father-of-two has been banned from keeping animals for life after allowing his dog to become so malnourished it could no longer stand, and had to be put to sleep.
Jorg Christians allowed Suki, a 12-year-old Shar Pei, to lose more than half its bodyweight, in a seven-month spell of neglect from November 2012 to June 2013.
He then lied to the RSPCA about booking the animal in to see a vet, before the charity took the dog from him.
Christians, aged 37, of Limoges Court, Duston, Northampton, admitted three counts relating to animal cruelty, and one of breaching a suspended sentence, at Northampton Crown Court.
Rachel Law, prosecuting, said Suki was suffering from muscle wastage and chronic diarrhoea. It had lost 55 per cent of its bodyweight, and was down to 10kg, from an ideal weight of 22kg to 25kg.
The RSPCA took Suki into their care but it “deteriorated rapidly” and had to be put down.
Miss Law added: “When the RSPCA called, the defendant was argumentative, and said ‘I’m not the sort of person you see on the TV who starves dogs’.”
The court heard Christians was also given a two-year suspended prison sentence in 2012 for dangerous driving under the influence of alcohol.
He was involved in a police chase when he failed to stop for officers and eventually crashed, after running several red lights. He was found to be three times the legal limit.
Rebecca Dart, mitigating, said her client had “substantial problems” with alcohol.
She added: “He was in a very bad place at the time, after he had split up with his partner. He was very upset at the fact that the dog was unwell and had to be put down.”
Judge Richard Bray ordered Christians to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work, and pay costs of £3,500. His ban means he will have to give up another dog and a pet fish.