A WOMAN has been arrested after her dog starved to death trapped in a balcony on the Costa Blanca.

The Spanish woman, 45, said the dog was her ex-partner’s and ‘no one wanted it’ after the relationship broke down.

She claimed the mixed-breed dog, aged two, had also been ‘refusing to eat’ for two months.

But when animal associations rescued the dog from the El Campello urbanisation, it desperately began to ‘drink and eat’ before dying of multiple organ failure.

The president of Dignidad Animal said: “I approached him to caress him and tried to raise his head, but he couldn’t.”

The woman’s neighbour made a denuncia after spotting the ‘skin-and-bones’ pet on her balcony.

The owner has been arrested by Guardia Civil on animal abuse charges.

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