Man behind worst dog abuse RSPCA rescuers had ever seen is spared jail

Staffordshire bull terrier’s fur fell out and its skin
Daisy suffering from a chronic skin condition but her owner failed to bring her to the vet (Picture: SWNS)
A dog owner of a pet who lost her fur in one of the worst cases of animal neglect the RSPCA has ever seen has been handed a suspended prison sentence. Daniel Tomlinson, 49, didn’t treat his dog Daisy for her skin condition and left the animal in agony for months. The condition got so bad most of the Staffordshire bull terrier’s fur fell out and its skin was covered in blood from where she had scratched herself. The RSPCA raided Tomlinson’s home in Stoke-on-Trent following a tip-off from police who attended his address on an unrelated matter.
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.

Daisy the dog after being treated by the RSPCA, wth a bandage
Daisy the dog after being treated by the RSPCA, with a bandage (Picture: RSPCA /SWNS)
Daisy the dog after she was bathed by the RSPCA.
He has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years (Picture: RSPCA /SWNS)
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.

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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.

‘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.

Daisy the dog recovering from her skin condition A man has been banned from keeoping animals for 10 years after failing to treat his dog?s chronic skin condition for several months. See SWNS story SWMDdog. A man has been banned from keeping animals for ten years after his dog was left with an untreated skin condition which left her suffering for months and caused her to lose most of her fur. Daniel Tomlinson, 49, of Lowther Street, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to an offence of causing unnecessary suffering his Staffordshire bull terrier called Daisy when he appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre. The court heard how Tomlinson had left Daisy suffering from a chronic skin condition and failed to get her veterinary treatment for months. The RSPCA were called to investigate by police who had attended the address on an unrelated matter.
She is still recovering from her skin condition (Picture: RSPCA /SWNS)
Daisy the dog recovering from her skin condition A man has been banned from keeoping animals for 10 years after failing to treat his dog?s chronic skin condition for several months. See SWNS story SWMDdog. A man has been banned from keeping animals for ten years after his dog was left with an untreated skin condition which left her suffering for months and caused her to lose most of her fur. Daniel Tomlinson, 49, of Lowther Street, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to an offence of causing unnecessary suffering his Staffordshire bull terrier called Daisy when he appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre. The court heard how Tomlinson had left Daisy suffering from a chronic skin condition and failed to get her veterinary treatment for months. The RSPCA were called to investigate by police who had attended the address on an unrelated matter.
She will soon be available for re-homing (Picture: RSPCA /SWNS)

‘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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