Derby dog owner neglected elderly terrier found cowering under a bush in the dirt

This is the shocking state of an elderly dog who was found by the RSPCA after being called to a report that she had collapsed in a Derby garden.

Underweight 18-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier Missy was cold and cowering under a bush as fireworks went off around the terrified animal.

The charity’s inspector said the poor pet was locked out of its home, was covered in mange and had an eye infection.

Now her owner, 47-year-old Victoria Taylor, of Oakwood, Derby, has been banned from keeping animals for five years.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard how the RSPCA were called to her address on Saturday, November 1, last year after a member of the public reported seeing a collapsed animal in the garden.

Inspector Rachel Leafe was sent to the property that evening but there was no one inside the house, so she went to a neighbour’s garden and could

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