A FORTH VALLEY man who failed to provide veterinary treatment for his German shepherd has been given a 20-year disqualification order from owning, keeping or obtaining any animal.

Andrew Elliott, formerly of Cultenhove Crescent, Grangemouth was sentenced at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday.

He pled guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the dog, named King, by failing to provide his dog veterinary treatment and adequate nutrition.

In addition to the ban, he has also received a 180 hour community payback order to be completed within six months. following a Scottish SPCA investigation.

Scottish SPCA Inspector Nicola Liddel said: "This case was particularly distressing. When I first visited the property, King could be seen lying in an emaciated state with thick yellow mucus streaming from his nostrils. His eyes were so sunken back into his head that you could hardly see them and they were surrounded by a thick greenish discharge. His demeanour was so low, it looked like he was waiting to die.

"After taking King to the vet it was found that he weighed only 18.6kgs, when a dog of his size should be around 32kgs.

"He was severely emaciated with all his bones visible throughout his coat and muscle wastage around his skull. His coat was stark and horrendously matted due to filth and faecal matter.

"Poor King had a chronic flea infestation and was struggling to breathe due to the severe discharge blocking his nasal passages.

"Unfortunately, King was put to sleep following veterinary advice.

"King should not have been left to suffer as he did and was housed in entirely unsuitable accommodation which smelt strongly of urine and faeces.

"We are delighted the court has handed this sentence down, and hope Elliott seriously considers his suitability to own and care for animals in the future"