Today he was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and given a lifetime ban from owning or keeping an animal, which he will not be able to appeal against for 25 years.
Chairman of the bench Derek Tate, sitting at Bolton Magistrates Court, said the case’s main aggravating feature was that Fly had to be put down - but said Lowe clearly had mental health issues, the only mitigating circumstance the bench took into account.
Tony Stock, prosecuting, told the court how the RSPCA first found Fly on October 20 and was "immediately shocked" at how emaciated she was.
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