Stephen Hopkinson was found guilty after a trial at Lancaster Magistrates Court of animal cruelty offences
A cruel man has been banned from owning dogs for life after leaving his pet suffering from a painful skin disease for months.
Mylo, a male tan chihuahua type, also had bleeding on his legs, feet, stomach, chest and genital area, pinkness around his eyes and nose and was suffering from ‘obvious fur loss’.
Stephen Hopkinson’s other black and white female chihuahua, called Lily, needed an urgent dental procedure to remove loose teeth as she had dental disease.
Both dogs were rescued by a member of the public after she found them tied up outside a supermarket.
Hopkinson, of Southwood Avenue, Fleetwood, told RSPCA inspectors that he had returned to the supermarket to get the dogs the next morning.
This meant the dogs, had they not been removed by the concerned member of the public, Mylo and Lily would have been tied up outside for nearly 24 hours.
RSPCA Inspector Amy McIntosh said she immediately noticed that Mylo’s skin was thickened, pink, flaky, scabby. He was also biting and scratching at his skin and it was obviously irritating him.
Lilly had very smelly breath but otherwise looked in normal body condition.
Inspector McIntosh took the dogs to a vet who examined them and prescribed Mylo with flea and skin treatments and a shampoo to help fight the infection in his skin.
The vet concluded Mylo had been suffering from his skin disease for at least three to six months.
Lilly needed an urgent dental procedure to remove loose teeth as she had dental disease.
Both dogs were microchipped which enabled the inspector to establish that Hopkinson, 38, was the owner of the pets.
Following a trial at Lancaster Magistrates Court, Hopkinson was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Mylo, failing to meet Lilly’s needs and failing to meet both dogs’ needs by leaving them unattended for an extended period without adequate care and supervision.
In addition to the indefinite ban which he cannot apply to terminate for five years, he was sentenced to a 16-week curfew. He was also ordered to pay £500 costs and a victim surcharge of £95.
The dogs who have made good recoveries whilst in RSPCA care will be made available for rehoming after the 21-day appeal period has passed.