A MOTHER and son from Leeds have been banned for keeping dogs for 15 years after their severely underweight dog was found wandering the streets covered in scabs and sores.
Tracy Davis, 39, of Trentham Grove, Beeston, and son Andrew Ward, 18, of Highgate Mill, Bradford, appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court yesterday.
The court heard their Saluki-type dog, called Lady, was emaciated and almost completely bald due to a skin condition when she was found by a member of the public in September 2013.
Mr Andrew Davidson, prosecuting, for RSPCA, said: “It is no exaggeration to say she was close to death.”
He added: “[The vet] said it was one of the worst cases of neglect that she had ever seen.”
Mr Stuart Field, mitigating, said they had tried to treat the skin condition with a special shampoo.
The pair pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering by failing to seek appropriate veterinary care for Lady’s chronic skin condition, and failing to seek and address the causes of her poor bodily condition.
Davis was handed a 12 month community order, a 15 year disqualification on keeping dogs and was ordered to pay £250 in costs. Ward was given a 12 month community order, 120 hours of unpaid work, a 15 year disqualification on keeping dogs and was also ordered to pay £250 in costs.
RSPCA chief inspector Heidi Jenner said: “[Lady] weighed just 11kg when she should have weighed between 20kg and 30kg.
“Her skin was crusty and cracking and covered in sores.
“I hope the sentence will help ensure other animals do not suffer in their care in future.”
Lady has since made a full recovery and has been rehomed.