Dog put down after lack of treatment

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A MAN ignored getting his crippled Collie dog treatment and when the RSPCA took the animal to a vet “Bobby” had to be put down.

The arthritis in the dog’s legs was so bad that it needed help standing up when the animal charity’s inspectors visited its owner’s home on Troutbeck Crescent, Mereside.

But when they arrived on a second visit the dog could not get up at all.

It’s lack of movement had also caused incontinence, Blackpool Magistrates heard.

Owner Richard Cooke, 67, was found guilty in his absence of causing Bobby suffering by not getting it vet’s treatment and not using medication.

Jonathan Fail, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said an inspector went to the flat where Cooke lived.

When Cooke said he could not take the animal to the vet as a matter of urgency he said he could not do so.

The RSPCA took the dog to a vet themselves and treatment was given.

The prosecutor said that Cooke did not attend a follow up appointment and when the animal was seen against by the RSPCA it could not move.

The vet agreed it should be put down.

Magistrates issued a warrant for Cooke’s arrest so that he must attend court to be sentenced.

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