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Forest of Dean couple banned from keeping animals after failing to feed dog

Max was almost 5kg underweight when the RSPCA found him. Credit: RSPCA

A couple have been banned from keeping animals for two years after allowing their dog to become dangerously thin.

Layla Allsopp, 19, and Corey Jones, 21, from Cinderford, admitted failing to properly feed 12-year-old Max when they appeared in court in Cheltenham on Monday.

The pair both were handed an eight-week jail term, suspended for a year, and a two-year disqualification from keeping pets.

The pair admitted failing to properly feed the dog. Credit: RSPCA

When Max was found by the RSPCA he was significantly underweight at 15.7kg, well below the ideal body weight of 20kg.

Following a visit to a vet, Allsopp and Jones were asked to ensure that he was seen and weighed regularly.

The pair failed to return to the vet despite several reminders.

Max is now up to a healthy weight again. Credit: RSPCA

Mr Jones said he hadn't taken the dog back because he thought he was looking better. In fact, he had lost a further 0.5kg.

A blood test found nothing to indicate and illness. The police seized the dog and he was placed in our care and very quickly began to put weight on. He is now 20kg and back to full health despite his age. This was simply by providing food.

Too often I hear from owners of elderly animals that the animal is thin because it is old, yet they have not sought veterinary attention to actually find out.

Provision of veterinary care is part of meeting the needs of an animal and owners should ensure they are capable to providing this.

– RSPCA inspector Suzi Smith

Allsopp and Jones, of Albert Road, Cinderford, were both ordered to each pay £50 court costs.

Max was signed over to the RSPCA and will soon be looking for a loving retirement home.