#TheList Tracy Wright and daughter Megan Wells, both of 23 Five Styles Road, Marlborough SN8 4BD – left their elderly Jack Russell to suffer with a painful skin condition for over a year
The RSPCA launched an investigation after discovering the 13yo dog named Tilly was suffering from itchy scabs and had lost fur on her front, legs and neck.
Although Tilly has now recovered, she will need medication for the rest of her life.
Wright and Wells admitted causing unnecessary suffering when they appeared before Swindon Magistrates’ Court on 24/07/2018.
RSPCA inspector Sharon Crisp said: “This was a frustrating and saddening case, that could have been easily avoided if poor Tilly was given the care she deserved.
“Those who own animals have a responsibility to look after them and ensure health conditions are dealt with promptly by a vet to avoid their pets suffering. It is never acceptable to just ignore an animal in need.
“Tilly’s a lovely, friendly old dog who was left without the help she desperately needed for a prolonged period of time.
“Her skin was so bad when I arrived it was shocking to see her.
“She was clearly incredibly uncomfortable with raw skin on her stomach, neck and face. It was only when I saw her again once her skin was better and her fur growing back that I realised how depressed and miserable she had been when she was rescued too. She was wagging her tail and happy- a totally different dog.”
The court heard in mitigation that Wright and Wells had health and financial issues.
Sentence: the pair were ordered to carry out ten days of Rehabilitation Activity Requirement as part of a 12-month community order imposed by the court. £85 victim surcharge. Banned from owning animals for five years.