Neglected terrier was too weak to walk
Pet was left almost bald with ‘elephant-like skin’
AWOMAN has walked free from court after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to her West Highland Terrier, Bobby. The poorly pet was discovered with nearly no hair and elephant-like skin at the Oswaldtwistle home of Yvonne McAllister.
A district nurse had spotted the dog in a dirty and flea-infested cage under the stairs during a visit. Blackburn Magistrates Court was told the dog was in a ‘horrible condition and undistinguishable as to what breed it was’.
THIS shocking picture shows how a neglected dog became an ‘undistinguishable’ breed with nearly no hair and ‘elephant-like skin’.
Bobby, a West Highland Terrier, was spotted by a district nurse in a dirty and flea-infested cage under the stairs during a visit to Yvonne McAllister’s home on Wordsworth Close in Oswaldtwistle, a court heard.
Blackburn Magistrates Court was told how the dog was in a ‘horrible condition and undistinguishable as to what breed it was’.
RSPCA prosecutor Paul Ridehalgh said Bobby’s skin was pink with ears ‘twice the size’ as normal and his paws were ‘overgrown and had begun to twist’.
The court heard how McAllister told the nurse that Bobby had a skin condition for which she had bought shampoo but hadn’t taken him to the vet.
She had also bought clippers but Bobby ‘wouldn’t let anyone near him to cut his nails’.
Mr Ridehalgh said during the visit Bobby ‘didn’t lift his head up at all, wag his tail or move’.
An RSPCA officer later attended the property and said he was ‘unrecognisable to him as a West Highland Terrier’ with grey skin which was ‘leatherlike, thick and dry’.
The officer said Bobby must have had the skin condition for an ‘extended period of time’ and he was ‘subdued, lethargic and reluctant to move’.
When he asked to take the dog to a vet McAllister refused and said she wanted an independent assessment.
Police were called to the property and Bobby was taken to the Myerscough Veterinary Group.
Mr Ridehalgh said Bobby had to be carried into the consultancy room because he was ‘unable to walk’ and ‘ so weak he could not stand up’.
The vet said his nose was ‘dry and cracked’ and she couldn’t examine his ear canal because it was ‘too inflamed’.
His eyes were also covered with a green discharge’.
The prosecutor said: “In the vet’s opinion he was in a very poor condition. She observed that she had never seen an animal in such a condition previously.”
The court was told that Bobby ‘highly likely had an underlying systemic disease’ which led to ‘secondary bacterial infection’.
Mr Ridehalgh said the dog had suffered ‘for a period of at least several months and possibly longer’ and had to be put down after ‘long-term neglect’.
McAllister, 55, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
She was given a 12-month community order with 50 hours unpaid work, a threemonth curfew, ordered to pay £600 costs and banned from owning or keeping animals for five ‘thick
Yvonne McAllister outside court
Bobby after being treated by RSPCA officers