Cruel owner jailed for failing to cut dog's claws
A man has been jailed after his dog's claws grew so long they pierced through her paws.
Cruel Nicholas Sawby, 52, left Bodger the 16-year-old Staffie "extremely lame" by not trimming her nails.
The claws on two of her feet had grown under her paw and up through her foot pad and out the other side.
Sawby, of Bridgwater, Somerset, pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty at Taunton Magistrates Court.
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He was jailed for four weeks and banned for keeping animals for five years.
Inspector Hayley Lawrence told the court: "They were the worst ingrown nails I’ve seen in my 20 years with the RSPCA.
"It would have taken months, if not years, for her nails to have got into that state and was obviously very painful for her."
Bodger was taken to the vets where she was sedated had her nails clipped, given antibiotics for her two infected foot pads and taken into care.
Sawby pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering by failing to provide adequate veterinary care and failing to protect Bodger from pain and suffering.