A MAN has been banned from owning pets after his dog was found badly malnourished and covered in fleas.
Scott Paterson, Colchester, neglected his German shepherd, Rocky, for three months.
When RSPCA inspectors found Rocky, he was distressed and scared, Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard.
Lauren Bond, prosecuting, said investigators took Rocky to the vet. She added: “The initial reaction of the dog when it was given food was one of confusion.
“The vet believed Rocky’s suffering had been going on for at least two to three months.”
However, Dr Perkins-Van-Mil, chairman of the bench, had no hesitation in taking Rocky away from him at Friday’s hearing – banning him from owning any animal for five years He was also ordered he pay £500 towards the RSPCA’s costs in the case, which were said to be £2,587.
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