A mother and son from Leeds have been banned from keeping dogs for 15 years after causing unnecessary suffering to their dog.

Tracey Davis and Andrew Ward, both from Beeston, appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to two counts of causing suffering to their female saluki-type dog.

The dog, named Lady, was found wandering in West Grange Gardens, Belle Isle on September 15 last year, and was so emaciated her bones could be seen through her skin.

Lady was also suffering from a severe skin condition that left her almost completely bald.

Heidi Jenner, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) chief inspector, said: “When Lady was found wandering in Belle Isle and taken to the vets, they weren’t sure if she’d survive the night.  

“She weighed just 11kg when she should have weighed between 20kg and 30kg, and was missing most of her fur. Her skin was crusty and cracking, and covered in sores.

“She was hospitalised for five days and every day she improved a little bit more.  

“It took a long time for her to get into this kind of state and it is nothing short of amazing to see her now.”

Lady has since been renamed Grace and has made a full recovery.

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