#TheList Juliet Venables, born c. 1968, and son John Anderson, born c. 1995, both of 1x Fairman Street, Manchester M16 7LR – let their pet dog’s skin condition get so bad he had to be put to sleep
Venables and Anderson pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences when they appeared in court.
The court heard the pair took no action when their loyal dog Rocco began losing his hair and developed crusty, thickened skin alongsidea chronic ear infection.
The mastiff-type dog became so ill that another family member took pity on him, and got him checked out at Greater Manchester Animal Hospital in July 2018.
Veterinary staff decided that the kindest thing to do for Rocco was to put him to sleep.
The court were told how the pair were sorry for what they did and realised they should have acted sooner.
RSPCA inspector Angela Paxton-Taylor said: “Rocco had severe hair loss and crusty thickened skin so it was quite clear he needed veterinary treatment and would have been suffering.
“This case goes to show if your pet appears unwell you should seek veterinary attention straight away, never just leave it and allow the suffering to continue until it gets to the point when nothing can be done.
“In this case I believe both defendants were unaware just how bad things had become and they did co-operate and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.”
Total of £410 fines, costs and charges each. Banned from owing any animals for just three years (expires November 2021).