A NORTH Derbyshire man who failed to feed a pet dog properly has been banned from keeping animals for five years.
An RSPCA officer attended Paul Wells’ home on February 29 after receiving a call about the condition of springer spaniel bitch, named Ruby.
The dog was well below the normal weight and its ribs were prominent, Brian Orsborn, prosecuting, told magistrates at Chesterfield.
Wells, 26, claimed worming tablets had been prescribed by a vet but checks found no record of a veterinary appointment. He signed Ruby over to the RSPCA.
Bob Sowter, for Wells, said the dog had been “dumped” on him by its previous owner. “He didn’t want to reject the dog and he cared for it as best he could. There was nothing malicious about the offence” he added.