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Dawlish couple banned from keeping dogs after leaving Border Collie to suffer

Kizzy was missing fur and had pink inflamed skin covering her body. Credit: RSPCA

A couple from Dawlish have been banned from keeping dogs after failing to treat their Border Collie's chronic skin condition.

Kizzy, who was underweight and missing fur when she was rescued, has been nursed back to health at the West Hatch rescue centre in Taunton.

The RSPCA first became aware of her neglect after an anonymous report from a member of the public.

One RSPCA inspector said she had been nibbling and scratching herself raw. Credit: RSPCA

She must have been so uncomfortable and itchy all the time resulting in her nibbling and scratching herself raw.

– RSPCA inspector Marije Zwager

They said her condition could have been avoided if she'd been taken to a vet.

Her owners, Fern Amelia Thoms and Peter David Thoms, have been given a three year ban on keeping animals and a £200 fine.

RSPCA inspector Marije Zwager, who investigated for the charity, said:

"It should never have got to this situation, and should never have simply been treated with ineffective home remedies by those responsible for her care.”

Kizzy has since recovered and is now in the care of the rescue centre. Credit: RSPCA