A Cwmbran woman has been disqualified from keeping any animal for three years after causing unnecessary suffering to her pet dog which was found to be in an emaciated condition.

Buster Cwmbran court June19 pic1Lisa Maria Rayner (d.o.b 29/01/1982) of Pontnewydd Walk, Cwmbran attended Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court on Monday (24 June) and pleaded guilty to one animal welfare offence.

Buster Cwmbran court June19 (after) pic5 Buster Cwmbran court June19 pic3The offence she pleaded guilty to was of causing unnecessary suffering to her shih tzu-type dog called Buster by failing to investigate and address the causes of his poor bodily condition and weight loss.

RSPCA inspector Izzi Hignell said: “When I found this poor little guy he was in an emaciated condition. He looked thin but as he is really fluffy you couldn’t really tell how bad his condition was. But when I felt him he was skeletal to touch. He weighed just 4.85 kilos. There was just no excuse for leaving him in this poor condition.

“Since he has been fed appropriately and has been wormed he has put on weight and is now around double the weight and is looking really healthy. He is such a lovely little dog and now following this outcome of this case, he will soon be made available for rehoming. He now weighs a healthy 8.950 kilos.”

As well as imposing an animal ban for three years, Magistrates ordered Rayner to pay £600 (which included a victim surcharge, costs and a fine) and Buster was subject to a deprivation order.

Buster is currently at RSPCA Newport Animal Centre and once he is ready for rehoming his details will be uploaded to Find A Pet.