Neglected dog wore T-shirt to keep warm

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A WOMAN’S highland terrier – Jock – lost so much hair that its owner was forced to dress the animal in a T-shirt to keep it him warm.

Samantha Martin’s other pet German shepherd – Cassie also had the same problem when RSPCA inspectors called at her home on Norfolk Avenue, Cleveleys.

Martin admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the animals and was ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work for the community at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

She was also banned from keeping any animal for five years and told to pay court costs.

Jonathon Fail, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told the hearing the dogs had developed a chronic skin condition.

Jock had lost 95 per cent of his hair and Cassie had 50 per cent hair loss.

Cassie also had a malignant mass in her abdomen which meant that later the dog had to be put down.

The court heard that the dogs had not been taken to a vets for treatment or examination until the RPSCA took them there.

When Martin, a 20-year-old mother of one, was formally interviewed she said no-one else was responsible for the dogs and that her mother had planned to take them for treatment but had not done so.

Tony O’Brien, defending, said his client was somewhat naive and had money problems.

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