A Jack Russell terrier with a skin disease so severe its fur had fallen out has made a full recovery.

The dog, named Rosie, was bleeding as a result of scratching her skin, which was also riddled with fleas.

Her infection was made worse by scratching with her claws that were so long they overlapped each other.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) officials rescued the dog in Newquay, then took her to seek medical treatment.

A vet confirmed she had been suffering for at least six months.

Her former owner was disqualified from keeping animals for five years and ordered to pay £1,300 in costs, as well as being fined £425.

Felicity Cross, an RSPCA animal welfare officer, said: “Initially, the lady living at the house, who was in her sixties, refused access to the property. She denied having a dog and the complaints I had indicated there was a little Jack Russell terrier there with a very severe skin condition.

“The dog’s skin was very red; very sore. She was constantly scratching and you could see fleas running over the skin everywhere. She was scratching and nibbling, and making the condition much, much worse.”

Rosie has since made a full recovery and has been rehomed.

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