RSPCA LAWYERS ADMIT DOG DIED IN THEIR CUSTODY !
Animal lover Annette Nally however, believes she received bad treatment at the hands of the RSPCA.
Ms Nally, who looks after rescue dogs, was caring for an Alsatian called Holly which had an incurable gastric problem restricting its diet. This meant the dog would never gain much weight.
The RSPCA seized the dog in January 2006 claiming she was not treating it dog properly and Ms Nally was prosecuted.
Wrangling over the disclosure of prosecution documents delayed the trial and she was not able to discover her pet's fate.
Ms Nally's defence convinced the court that in the time the RSPCA kept Holly, it had not treated the dog any any more effectively than its owner.
She was cleared but only discovered Holly's fate when after an order from the judge, the RSPCA's lawyers admitted the dog had died in their custody.
"I was absolutely devastated, the whole idea of going through this was to get her back," she told the BBC.
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