DOG owners who left their Jack Russell to suffer with a painful skin condition for more than a year have been banned from owning animals for five years.

The RSPCA launched an investigation after discovering Tilly, 13, was suffering from itchy scabs and had lost fur on her front, legs and neck Although Tilly has now recovered, she will need medication for the rest of her life.

Tracey Wright and daughter Megan Wells, of Five Stiles Road, Marlborough, admitted causing unnecessary suffering when they appeared before Swindon Magistrates’ Court on July 24.

RSPCA inspector Sharon Chrisp said: “This was a frustrating and saddening case, that could have been easily avoided if poor Tilly was given the care she deserved.

“Those who own animals have a responsibility to look after them and ensure health conditions are dealt with promptly by a vet to avoid their pets suffering. It is never acceptable to just ignore an animal in need.

“Tilly’s a lovely, friendly old dog who was left without the help she desperately needed for a prolonged period of time. Her skin was so bad when I arrived it was shocking to see her.

“She was clearly incredibly uncomfortable with raw skin on her stomach, neck and face. It was only when I saw her again once her skin was better and her fur growing back that I realised how depressed and miserable she had been when she was rescued too. She was wagging her tail and happy, a totally different dog.”

As well as the five-year ban, Wright and Wells were also ordered to carry out ten days Rehabilitation Activity Requirement as part of a 12-month community order imposed by the court and must pay an £85 victim surcharge.

The court heard in mitigation that Wright and Wells had health and financial issues.

Plans have now begun to rehome Tilly. To find out more, contact RSPCA Ashley Heath on