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Poodle owner banned for 15 years

A POODLE owner who subjected her dogs to appalling neglect was banned last month banned from keeping animals for 15 years.

Margaret Forsyth of Lanarkshire in Scotland kept her three dogs locked in her kitchen and refused to walk or groom them. Two of the toy poodles had to be put down after inspectors from the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found them in squalor. They had overgrown coats and claws, horrendous dental problems and their eyes had to be prised open because of conjunctivitis.

At Lanark Sheriff Court, Forsyth was also ordered to pay the SSPCA £560 in compensation for vet bills. Forsyth had earlier admitted causing the dogs unnecessary suffering.

One of the £500 poodles has now fully recovered and has been placed. An SSPCA spokeswoman said: "This was an appalling case of neglect and we are pleased with the 15-year ban. The poor poodles were in a terrible state."

Sentencing Forsyth, Sheriff Frank Pieri said: "You caused these dogs a great deal of suffering. I have no confidence in your ability with animals."