A dog found starving while forced to exist on a vegan diet of chickpeas, quinoa, rice and grains has been put down.

His owners have now been banned from keeping dogs after two of their pooches were seen severely malnourished while on their plant-based diet.

The RSPCA found their bull-arab-cross puppies Roo and Ula severely malnourished before they were seized from a home in Australia in May 2020, the Mirror reports.

Ula was renamed and rehomed after he underwent emergency treatment, but Roo had to be put down after three independent vets raised concerns about his chronic pain, ABC Australia reports.

James McKenzie and Megan Price, from Cow Bay in Queensland, were each charged with two counts of failing to treat an animal and one count of failing to comply with an animal welfare direction (AWD) between April and May 2020.

When the dogs were being seized, Mr McKenzie told inspectors: "You eat murdered animals, you will never be like us — we are vegans and love animals."

But veterinarian Dr Paul Matthews found that three months of an inappropriate diet had led to severe nutritional imbalances and severe calcium deficiencies in both puppies.

During one of the first visits to the couple's home, RSPCA inspectors noticed that both dogs were underweight.

Roo was also suffering with blisters on his stomach, because the couple had made a homemade cast for his injured leg and it was rubbing on his skin.

The couple said they could not afford a trip to the vet or dog food, so the puppies were being fed on rice and chickpeas.

They were issued with two AWDS, which ordered them to have the puppy examined by a vet immediately.

But when the investigators returned to check on them dogs, Mr McKenzie said they were "not with us anymore" as they had "gone to God".

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They went back again with a search warrant and found there were no dog food or meat products at the property, only human food, such as lentils, rice, pasta, quinoa and grains.

When the dogs were seized, Ms Price told the inspector she made her own dog food for the puppies, but she refused to reveal what ingredients she used.

The owners were banned from owning pets for three years ordered to pay $8,600 in fines, legal costs and veterinarian bills.

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