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Woman banned from keeping animals after 'horrendous' neglect

Jess the collie-cross dog was subjected to 'horrendous' neglect by her owner. Credit: RSPCA Cymru

A woman has been banned from keeping animals for seven years after subjecting a dog to "horrendous" levels of neglect.

Brenda Bateman, from Pembroke Dock, admitted two animal welfare offences at Haverfordwest Magistrates' Court.

Magistrates heard she failed to seek veterinary care for the collie-cross dog called Jess, who had a severe chronic skin condition and arthritis, causing the animal to suffer unnecessarily.

Bateman, 43, also admitted failing to trim the dog’s overgrown nails, which led to problems with the way she walked.

Jess was later put to sleep due to her health problems.

The dog's nails were overgrown, which meant she could not walk properly. Credit: RSPCA Cymru

The level of neglect experienced by this poor dog was horrendous.

Jess had a severe chronic skin condition and overgrown nails, which impacted how she walked. It’s so sad that the neglect she endured sadly meant she lost her life.

It is critical that people remember they have very clear legal responsibilities towards their animals. RSPCA Cymru will continue to fight for justice for dogs like this poor collie-cross, in all corners of Wales.

– Keith Hogben, RSPCA inspector
Jess also had a chronic skin condition and arthritis. She was later put to sleep because of her health issues. Credit: RSPCA Cymru

The seven-year ban cannot be appealed for a period of three and a half years.

In addition, Bateman was ordered to pay £300 in costs, a £220 fine and a £30 victim surcharge.