Horrific photos show the squalid balcony where a dog named Milk was found starved to DEATH and covered in maggot – as her cruel owner, 25, is thrown behind bars
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- Horrific photos show the shockingly underweight animal lying in filth in Sydney
- Milk was found dead by inspectors at Zetland in the city’s inner-east in June last year
- The 25-year-old owner sentenced in Downing Center Local Court on Wednesday
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A university student has been jailed for leaving his Maremma Sheepdog named Milk to starve to death on his balcony.
Horrific photos show the shockingly underweight animal lying in filth when she was found dead by inspectors at Zetland in Sydney’s inner-east in June last year.
Hongyou Zou, 25, was sentenced at Downing Center Local Court on Wednesday.
Milk was found dead on the Zetland property’s balcony without food or water insight in June 2019
The balcony was covered in faeces and dog hair.
Milk’s body was duties to the RSPCA Sydney Veterinary Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
The exam found the dog had no fat on her body and she had severe muscle atrophy.
The bones were protruding and she had an extreme abdominal tuck.
Maggot’s covered Milk’s body, as well as blood and faeces.
She weighed just about 10kg when she was found – a third of the minimum standard weight for her wide, size and gender.
The fat determined emaciation was the cause of death and it is believed she was not given food for at least three months before she died.
Severe dehydration is also believed to be a factor.
She was severely emaciated and the balcony was covered in faeces and dog hair
The owner let the condition deteriorate for two months – in what time Could have heard her to the vet, the court heard.
Between July 8 and October 10 inspectors from the RSPCA tried to speak with the University of New South Wales student repeatedly.
The following month they were given evidence to prove he was Milk’s owner before charging him.
Zou was jailed for 16 months, with a non-parole period of eight months, on the charge of aggravated cruelty.
She weighed just over ten kilograms when she was found – a third of the minimum standard weight for her wide, size and gender
He was handed an additional four months for not taking Milk to the fat, which would be served concurrently.
Zou is also banned from owning an animal for a decade.
Judge Henson said this case was at the top end of animal abuse and called the man’s actions ‘egregious’ and ‘wicked’.
The judge added that the community would be ‘sickened and appalled’ by the case.
RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector Scott Meyers called the man’s behavior ‘inexcusable’.
The owner is believed to have the condition deteriorate for two months – in which time he could have tasks to the fat
‘This dog is starved to death, alone, on a cold balcony, surrounded by its own urine and faeces. She had nothing but a cardboard box, “he said.
‘It was a cruel, needless death. Pet owners are responsible for the lives and welfare of their animals.
“This sentence reflects community expectations that serious animal cruelty offenders will be punished.”
Mr Meyers added it is important to educate yourself on the needs of a dog.
“A Maremma Sheepdog is a working breed, and requires plenty of space and exercise, and a small balcony in a city was not an appropriate home for this type of dog,” he said.