Three people have been banned from keeping animals for three years after five dogs were found living in poor conditions in a flat.
Nigel Fletcher, 55, his wife Janine Fletcher, 55, and Jennifer Clay, 62, all of Bourne Avenue, Fazeley, pleaded guilty to three animal welfare offences when they appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.
The prosecutions came after RSPCA inspector Nicola Johnson was called to the two bedroom flat where the trio lived following reports that two emaciated dogs were living there.
She had previously visited six months before and given advice on caring for the animals.
But when she returned in January she found the condition of the two Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dogs, called Skye and Diesel, had deteriorated. They were severely underweight and their ribs were clearly showing.
She also found two other dogs, Crystal and Gnasher, both with bad skin conditions, and another called Diamond who had a flea infestation.
Inspector Johnson said: “There was a real issue that two of the dogs were emaciated, others had skin conditions or fleas and in general they were kept in crates and not walked.
“The people supposed to be looking after the dogs appeared to be completely ignorant in the needs of caring for animals.”
Two of the dogs were immediately signed over to the RSPCA and have since been rehabilitated and re-homed.
Following the outcome of the court case the three other dogs, Crystal, Skye and Diamond, are now in the animal welfare charity’s care.
As well as the three-year ban on keeping animals both Janine and Nigel Fletcher were each fined £240 each and Clay was fined £290.