A young Siberian husky is believed to have eaten its companion in desperation after their callous owner went on holiday without arranging anyone to feed or care for them.
Stormy was found by an RSPCA inspector with the 'partially eaten' body of her fellow 10-month-old husky, Demon, in the backyard of a home at Christie Downs, South Australia in September 2019.
The Daily Mail reported an RSPCA spokesman who said: "Out of desperation, the surviving dog is believed to have partially consumed the deceased dog's body".
The dogs' owner claimed to have put out a bowl of dog food and water, "but the inspector was unable to locate any food bowls or water containers in the yard".
After three weeks in the care of RSPCA, Stormy regained 76% of her body weight and has since been re-homed.
In a statement the RSPCA said: "The inspector found the male dog deceased in the backyard, and its emaciated body partially eaten.
"The surviving female dog was also in a severely emaciated state."
'It is totally unacceptable to go away, and make no provision for the care of your animals,' said Andrea Lewis, the charity's South Australia chief Inspector.
The dogs were abandoned causing the tragedy which the Australian judge described as "shocking.
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She said it was an "extreme case of neglect, with tragic consequences" and questioned why the owner chose to have dogs in the first place, as dogs of this breed have high demands and need regular care and exercise.
"We urge people to not acquire any animal unless they fully understand and accept what is required to properly care for them, both physically and mentally."
The 31-year-old female owner was charged with two counts of ill treatment of an animal and two counts of abandonment and convicted, receiving a suspended 14 week jail sentence.
She was also ordered to pay veterinary, prosecution and court costs totalling $1,141 and placed on a two-year good behaviour bond.
The woman was also banned from owning animals for life.
Christie's Beach magistrate Teresa Anderson said in her judgment the condition of the dogs was "shocking'' and that the defendant "shouldn't be in charge of animals".
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