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1:24pm 11th October 2018

A neglected Staffordshire bull terrier has been rescued after jumping into the back of a police car in Burnley.

Sky was running in the road and ran in front of a police car on 3rd June this year. When the police officer opened her door, Sky jumped in.

She was suffering from a severe skin condition which had resulted in a large rash on the back end of her body and her legs, which had developed into cysts.

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The police contacted the RSPCA, who began investigating how Sky got into such a poor condition.

Now Sky's owners, 41-year-old Leanne Ashworth, and 52-year-old Ian Boyes, both of Sycamore Avenue, Burnley have been convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to Sky, at Burnley Magistrates' Court.

They didn't attend the hearing.

At their sentencing, both were disqualified from keeping animals for five years. Boyes was ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and Ashworth was given a 42-day curfew, between the hours of 10pm and 6am. They were also told to pay costs of £250 and an £85 victim surcharge.

RSPCA inspector Lyndsey Taylor, who investigated the case, said:

"Sky was suffering from severe skin condition which resulted in lumps and cysts, and her skin was red raw and bleeding. She must have been so uncomfortable with it.

"It was immediately obvious she was suffering. She was taken to a police station and we were called."

The RSPCA managed to find that Ashworth and Boyes were Sky's owners.

Inspector Taylor said:

"They said they were aware of the condition and had tried to treat it using medicated shampoo but she had not been to a vets recently. This was a condition which needed veterinary treatment as it was so severe.

"When I took Sky to a vet to have it looked at, they said it was entirely preventable and that she had been suffering as a result."

Magistrates ordered that Sky be signed over into the RSPCA's care. The seven-year-old is now in the care of a branch where her condition has improved.

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Boyes and Ashworth's solicitor, in mitigation, told the court that it was due to financial reasons that Sky did not get the treatment she needed.

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