A Derbyshire woman has been born in a cage with no food and water.

Simone Maughan, 27, of Westlea, Clowne, pleaded guilty to three animal welfare offenses when she appeared at Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Lola when she was found.

Lola when she was found.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dogs, one called Zena, aged 6, and her pup, Lola, 4, in a small cage in the kitchen of her house.

The RSPCA was alerted to a member of the public reported that the starving pets had been abandoned.

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Inspector Helen Mead arrived at the address on April 27 and found the dogs locked in a small cage in the kitchen with no food and water.

She also found a bearded dragon in the living room, which was kept alive with a source of heat, leaving the reptile close to death.

Helen said: "I was really worried when I saw how frail the dogs were with their protruding bones, they were in a very poor condition but were so friendly.

"I am delighted that they are always looking for their homes.

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"Through normal feeding they were able to return to their healthy body weight. But it could have been so different if this situation had been allowed to continue.

"There is no need to provide the basics of food and water for the future."

She added that when she came across the bearded dragon, called Vegas, she already thought he had died.

But with veterinary care she was also able to recover from a reptile keeper.

She said: "There was no light for the bearded dragon and the right light and heat was shutting down and she was unable to eat.

"Reptiles and other exotic pets are completely reliant on their owners to meet their needs for the correct levels of heat, light and humidity, plus an appropriate diet.

"People can buy them with a bad idea of ​​how difficult they are.

"This is why the RSPCA would encourage anyone thinking of getting an animal on the animal's needs and whether they are right for them."

Maughan, who now lives in Cresswell, contacted the RSPCA.

In mitigation the court heard of Maughan was suffering from depression.

As well, Maughan was also given a 12-week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months.

She was ordered to complete 40 hours of unpaid work and carry out an eight-day rehabilitation order. She also must pay £ 300 costs and £ 150 victim surcharge.

Both Zola and Zena are ready for adoption from the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire branch of the RSPCA.