AN ALLOA woman has been banned from keeping animals for three years, after failing to feed two dogs in her care.

Lorna Wood, of Deerpark, was sentenced at Alloa Sheriff Court on Monday, May 15.

The 34-year-old admitted a charge of causing unnecessary suffering by failing to provide adequate nutrition resulting in lost body weight and failure to provide adequate care and treatment for the two dogs, named Maisie and Lola.

After sentencing, Scottish SPCA Inspector Louise Seddon, said: "Maisie, the Border collie, was extremely thin under her coat and I could only feel bones rather than fat or muscle.

"All of Lola’s bones were visible, to the extent that her head looked too big for her body.

"After being taken to the vets it was revealed that both dogs weighed only 13.2kg, when they should have both weighed around 20kg.

"Although it was difficult to pin point an exact time frame as to how long they had been suffering, the vet confirmed that they had a lack of food for a number weeks.

"Whilst in our care it became clear to us that Maisie and Lola were simply not being fed as they quickly put on a significant amount of weight when they were fed adequately.

"We are delighted that Wood has been dealt with by the courts and hope she will give serious consideration to her ability to care for animals in the future."

Anyone concerned about the welfare of an animal should contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.