SSPCA welcomes ban for cruel dog owner
Roxy 's painful skin infection was not treated by her owner.
THE Scottish SPCA has welcomed a court decision to issue a life ban on keeping animals to a Kincardine woman who turned a "blind eye" to her pet's suffering.
Barbara Philp, from Kincardine, was also ordered to pay a £200 fine at Dunfermline Sheriff Court following an investigation by the animal welfare charity.
She caused her dog, Roxy, a Staffordshire bull terrier cross breed, unnecessary suffering by failing to provide veterinary treatment for a painfully inflamed and infected skin condition.
The dog was suffering from extensive mange which had been left untreated, causing open wounds, skin thickening and painful sores all over her face and body.
Scottish SPCA Inspector Louise Seddon, who led the investigation, said, "We are delighted that Philp has received a life ban on keeping animals because anyone who turns a blind eye to that level of suffering is, in my opinion, unfit to own an animal.
"The vet who examined Roxy stated that she had been suffering from the condition for weeks if not months, so we can only imagine the incredible discomfort and pain she must have been in during this time.
"The sad thing is that she should never have been allowed to get into such a state in the first place as mange is a very treatable condition.
"To see her now, completely healed and with a beautiful shiny coat, is like looking at a different dog."
The Scottish SPCA has now rehomed Roxy with a new family.
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