The owner of a dog who was neglected for three months in a garden shed has been disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years.

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When an RSPCA inspector rescued nine-year-old rottweiler Tyson, on 3 September last year, he was in such a bad way that she could not tell what breed he was.

As well as being emaciated, he had a severe skin condition from head to tail, had open sores on his legs and pus coming out of his eyes. He was immediately taken to a vet, where he was put to sleep on humane grounds as he was so poorly.

His owner Sandra Sangha (DOB 26/08/1974), of David Peacock Close, in Tipton, West Midlands, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Friday (6 January), where she pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Tyson.

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As well as the 10-year disqualification order, Sangha was given a 15-week prison sentence suspended for two years, and was ordered to pay costs of £300 and a £115 victim surcharge,

RSPCA inspector Dawn Burrell, who investigated the case, said: “When I looked in the shed, Tyson was collapsed in the corner by a hole, where he was exposed to wind and rain. He was in a terrible way and there was no food or water for him. Sadly he had been in this way for at least three months.

“Tyson’s skin was so crusty and sore from his skin condition that I couldn’t tell what breed he was. On top of that, he was very thin and had horrible sores on his legs and pus coming out of his eyes. He was very clearly neglected and was so weak that I had to carry him from the shed to my van to get him to the vets.

“There is no doubt about it – he suffered terribly. I still haven’t forgotten the sight of him curled up in the corner of that shed.”