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Couple who left dogs to suffer are banned from keeping animals

Diesel had red sores which were weeping. Credit: RSPCA

A couple have been banned from owning animals for five years after they left their two dogs suffering for months.

Katy Liggins and her partner James Johnson, of Bedworth, failed to get treatment for the chronic skin condition which affected their Staffordshire bull terrier-type dogs.

They each pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday 24 June 24.

The court heard that Diesel and Roxy were found with numerous weeping sores, chronic hair loss and skin disease after the couple failed to get them treated for fleas.

“Both pets must have been endlessly suffering trying to relieve their itchy skin."

– RSCPA Inspector Helen Smith
Vets said the dogs would have been suffering for months. Credit: RSPCA

Inspector Helen Smith said: "When I first saw Diesel it was obvious he was in dire need of veterinary attention, he was constantly trying to scratch himself and his skin was so thick it was like that of an elephant.

“He has red sores which were weeping and it was clear he was suffering. Roxy was displaying similar symptoms."

“In my 20 years as an RSPCA inspector Diesel had one of the worst skin conditions caused by a flea infestation I have seen.

“Both pets must have been endlessly suffering trying to relieve their itchy skin."

“The vet said they would have been suffering like this for months - which is so unnecessary as fleas are easily preventable with routine treatment.

Diesel has responded well to treatment. Credit: RSPCA

As well as the ban on owning animals the pair were also given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, were ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and a 40-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

The court ordered both Diesel and Roxy should be placed in the care of the RSPCA where they will be rehabilitated and re-homed.

Both dogs have already responded well to treatment and most of their fur has grown back.

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