SOMERSET NEWS: Banned from keeping dogs for five years
A COUPLE from Somerset have been disqualified from keeping dogs for five years after their dog was left to suffer without ever seeing a vet.
The couple from East Brent, near Burnham-on-Sea, admitted in court to causing unnecessary suffering to German Shepherd Ruby after failing to provide veterinary care for a chronic skin condition and ear disease.
The RSPCA investigated after receiving a call from a member of the public.
RSPCA inspector Jo Daniel: “When I first saw Ruby my heart sank. She was in a terrible state, very underweight with an awful ear infection and sore and infected skin because of a flea allergy.
“Sadly she had never, ever, seen a vet despite the fact the condition was not getting any better.
“The couple had bought over the counter treatments - on all the packets of which owners are told that if the symptoms persist they need to consult a vet.
“Pet owners need to realise that they have a responsibility to care for their animals. That includes ensuring any health issues are dealt with promptly to avoid distress to animals in their care.”
Alongside the disqualification, both were ordered pay a £202 fine and £500 court costs when they appeared before North Somerset Magistrates Court on Thursday (September 7, 2017).
Ruby, who is nine years old, is now looking for a loving new home after recovering thanks to care from the team at RSPCA Brent Knoll in Somerset.
The ideal place for Ruby would be with owners who have experience with dogs in a home where she will be the only dog without young children.
Anyone who thinks they can offer happiness to Ruby should contact the team on 01278 782671.
PHOTOS - ABOVE: How Ruby was found by the RSPCA.
PHOTOS - ABOVE: Thankfully due to some much-needed love and care Ruby is looking much better.