Mother and daughter from St Leonards found guilty of neglecting their dog

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A mother and daughter have been disqualified from keeping all animals for five years after being found guilty of neglecting their dog which had to put be put down.

Rosemary, 41, and Rachel Robinson, 19, of St Leonards on Sea, appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court last Tuesday (March 17).

They attended for a sentencing hearing in relation to animal welfare offences relating to their Pointer cross named George.

The inspector who investigated the case for the RSPCA said George was one of the “thinnest dogs” she had ever seen.

As well as the ban, Rosemary Robinson was given a community order for six months, a six month curfew from 8pm to 6am and ordered to pay £1,003 in court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Rachel Robinson was given a community order for 12 months involving 100 hours unpaid work.

She was also ordered to pay £703 in court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

They had previously been found guilty in their absence of animal welfare offences relating to George - including failing to investigate and treat his declining condition, mobility and weight loss.

The RSPCA was called in concern in February 2014 after George was taken to a vet.

The vet had been horrified by his state of the dog’s health.

RSPCA inspector Zoe Ballard said: “George was one of the thinnest dogs I have ever seen and had clearly been deteriorating and suffering for some time.

“As well as being emaciated he had lumps and masses all over his body and was suffering from a chronic lung condition caused by lack of worming.

“He had deteriorated to such an extent that he was living in constant pain.

“It was obvious at first glance that he should have been taken to a vet a long time before.”