A woman who attempted to treat her dog’s severe mange with human mouthwash has been banned from keeping man’s best friend for five years.
Lisa Willis, from Hemel Hempstead, was hauled before the courts by animal welfare charity the RSPCA for failing to get veterinary treatment for her 11-year-old Dogue de Bordeaux.
The pet named Bo was discovered emaciated and suffering from a severe skin condition by animal inspector Kirsty Withnall, who was investigating a complaint.
She was so concerned about the neglected pet that she decided that the animal needed veterinary attention straight away.
Medical examinations revealed that Bo was not only suffering from malnutrition and mange but that she also had cancer.
It was decided that the best thing to do was to end her suffering by putting her to sleep.
Wallis, 41, of Three Corners, Bennetts End, was found guilty at Watford Magistrates Court last Tuesday of two offences under the Animal Welfare Act.
As well as the ban from keeping dogs, which she cannot appeal against for two years, she was also ordered to pay a total of £300 in fines, £2,000 in court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Speaking after the case, animal inspector Kirsty said: “She had no understanding of the extended period of suffering this elderly dog went through.
“Bo was in a very poor state and she clearly should have taken her to a vet – she was trying to treat this very serious skin condition with human mouthwash.”
In court Willis told magistrates that she did not see the need to seek veterinary attention for her pet.
Anyone who is concerned about the welfare of an animal can contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999. To find out more about the charity, including how you can support the cause, visit www.rspca.org.uk/home.