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Woman fined after sick dog suffers

A DOG owner who left her pet to suffer because she could not afford to pay vet bills kept her in a small cage in the kitchen.

Deborah O'Connell, 31, left her bull terrier bitch, Doris to suffer for months with a severe skin condition because she was in financial difficulties.

She had pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal by failing to provide it with proper veterinary care and was sentenced by Huddersfield magistrates.

She was fined and given a 12-month community order.

Her offence was uncovered when RSPCA inspector Nicky Foster visited her home in Newsome last year.

She found Doris locked in a small cage, suffering from severe mange all over her body. It had caused Doris' fur to fall out and her skin was red and inflamed. She also had bleeding open sores on her body.

The dog was given antibiotics, painkillers and medicated shampoo and her condition has now cleared up.

Magistrates sentenced O'Connell to a 12-month community order, to include 100 hours of unpaid work. She was also ordered to contribute £250 towards the RSPCA's costs.