A couple have been jailed for eight weeks after they admitted causing their pet German shepherd unnecessary suffering.
Jennifer Park, 41, and David Powell, 43, of Sycamore Close, Corby, were sentenced at the town’s magistrates court after pleading guilty to the offence.
They have also been banned from keeping any animal for 20 years.
The dog, called Blade, was suffering from a skin condition and a long-term progressive inflammatory disease of the skin. Its condition was so bad, the animal had to be put down.
The court was told RSPCA inspector Clint Davies visited the couple’s home last August after being contacted by a neighbour who was concerned about the seven-year-old dog.
When the inspector called at the address he discovered the family was on holiday and had left Blade in the care of a person they had acquired the animal from in 2006.
Kevin McCole, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said: “The inspector was able to contact the animal’s owners and the dog was taken to a local vet.
“The vet reported that the dog was very underweight, had a horrendous skin condition and was riddled with fleas, scabs and open wounds.”
Magistrates were told the dog had last been seen by a vet in April 2011 when it had been prescribed antibiotics.
Paul Seaton, in mitigation, said the couple were distressed by what had happened and were concerned that Blade had had to be put down.
He said the couple had previously taken the animal to a vet for treatment and had paid a bill of £1,000.
Mr Seaton said: “In April 2011 they took their pet to a vet and it was given antibiotics and cream and it was making a good recovery.
“In June last year the hair loss came back. The couple contacted the RSPCA seeking to have Blade rehomed and they were advised to contact a vet. They were told there would be a call-out fee but money was an issue.
“They were hopeful they could self-treat Blade with more of the cream and neither party was aware of the inflammatory skin condition.
“This is not a case of an animal being deliberately ill-treated. However, they accept that they did too little too late.”