Woman banned from keeping animals after skeletal dog found

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Woman banned from keeping animals after skeletal dog found
12th June 2014

A pet owner from Edgware has been banned from keeping animals after her dog was found as a ‘walking skeleton’. 

Sharon Howes, of Bushfield Close, admitted not caring for the dog which was found by RSPCA inspectors weighing just half his proper weight. 

Buster, a nine-year-old tan and white bull terrier, was found curled up on the floor of the 52-year-old’s home in a weak state suffering from over grown claws. 

Howes later admitted Buster had not been to the vets since he was a puppy. 

RSCPA inspector Natalie Bartle said: “As soon as Buster stood up I could see he was a walking skeleton - he was clearly emaciated with bones protruding from his hips, ribs and spine.

“He got up when I walked into the room, but was so weak that he quickly lay down and curled up again.

“It was so obvious how desperately he needed adequate food - as well as to see a vet and get help.

“It was so upsetting.”

Buster is now being cared for by the RSCPA and needs a new home.

Howes pleaded guilty to offences under the Animal Welfare Act by causing the dog unnecessary suffering and failing to take him to the vet.

She had been banned from keeping all animals for one year, fined £140 plus costs of up to £140 and a victim surcharge of £20.

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