Tomlinson admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dog between January 6 and March 21 when he appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Friday.
He was handed a 14-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work and pay £515 in costs and charges.Tomlinson was also banned from keeping animals for 10 years. The court heard Tomlinson left Daisy suffering from a chronic skin condition and failed to get her veterinary treatment for almost three months.
Insp Charlotte Melvin said: ‘Poor Daisy was covered in blood on her skin where she had been constantly scratching to try and relieve her itchy skin complaint.
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‘Her skin was sore and inflamed and she had very little fur.
‘It was the worst skin complaint I have seen on a dog during my six years as an RSPCA inspector.
‘It was obvious she was in a suffering state and had been for months.
‘Tomlinson said he had taken her for veterinary treatment previously but never went back for a follow-up appointment with the PDSA so she was left in this awful condition.
‘When I first saw her she was miserable and quiet but am pleased to say in our care she is doing really well.
‘Her fur has grown back and she looks like a different dog – she looks so happy and healthy.’
She added: ‘There is never any excuse not to seek veterinary care for a pet and there a number of animal charities who will offer help and advice to anyone in need.’
Daisy has been recovering well from her ordeal in RSPCA care and will be available for re-homing soon.
Tomlinson told the court he failed to have Daisy treated because he was struggling financially.
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