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Man let dog's tumours grow until they dragged on floor

Chico's tumour Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption Chico had tumours in his testicles, chest and shoulder and had to be put down

A man who let tumours on his dog grow so large they dragged on the floor has been banned from keeping animals for three years.

Martin Travers, from Ladywood in Birmingham, did not seek treatment for his 15-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Chico, the RSCPA said.

The dog had tumours on his testicles, chest and shoulder and was in pain, the charity said. He was later put down.

Travers admitted three offences of causing unnecessary suffering.

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The 49-year-old, of Ledbury Close, was also given a 12-month community order, a four-week curfew and ordered to pay costs of £100 at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Monday.

'Left to suffer'

The RSPCA said it was contacted by police who were at Travers' property on an unrelated matter in September.

Chico was taken to a vet, who said he was so ill he had to be put to sleep to prevent further suffering.

RSPCA inspector Mike Scargill, said: "This was a sad case. Although repentant, Mr Travers did not look after Chico in the way that he should have done.

"He was riddled with tumours, was incontinent, underweight and in pain - he had been like this for some time.

"He deserved much more than being left to suffer in this way."

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