A dog was left suffering for three months from a chronic skin disease which caused its paws to swell up and bleed after its owner failed to provide any veterinary treatment, a court heard.
Paul Edwards, of Pilton Close, Rectory Farm, Northampton, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Rocky, a five-year-old bearded collie.
Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday that an RSPCA inspector, Polly Underwood, went to Edwards’ house on April 3.
Kevin McCole, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said Ms Underwood said she could smell the dog even before she saw it in the kitchen.
Mr McCole said: “The smell was almost putrid and the dog was found in some discomfort.
“All four of its feet were red raw and swollen.
“There were evident scabs underneath his chin and lower limbs. There was yellowing and signs of bleeding on all four of its legs.”
Mr McCole said the RSPCA inspector noticed the animal was struggling to walk and a large amount of blood was pouring from its feet as it moved.
Rocky was examined by a vet and was found to be suffering from a chronic skin condition and was severely underweight. The dog’s nails were also very long and it was suffering from a flea infestation.
The dog was given treatment for a skin infection and responded well. Sadly, Rocky was later found to be suffering from cancer and had to be put down.
Dan Green, defending, said his client was a single father of four children and the dog had been left by his ex-partner after she moved out of the house. He said Edwards had washed the dog’s wounds in salt water.
Magistrates have adjourned sentencing until later this month to allow for probation reports to be completed.