A MAN whose dog suffered 'a catalogue of neglect' has been banned from keeping animals for five years.

Keith Gray, 60, from Birkenhead, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to bulldog-type dog Ella after failing to get her medical attention for severe skin, eye and ear infections.

Wirral Magistrates Court heard Ella had appeared to be in poor health and a concerned member of the public called the RSPCA to investigate.

Inspector Anthony Joynes went to Gray's home in May, and found Ella in a cage.

Most of her fur was missing due to a chronic skin disease which had been left untreated for weeks.

She also had an infection in her ears and both eyes - which were badly affected and filled with pus - and was lame with an injury to her front leg.

Ella was taken to Upton Veterinary Surgery were she received immediate medical treatment and later cared for at the Wirral and Chester branch of the RSPCA.

She has now been re-homed and is enjoying her new life.

Recalling the case, Inspector Joynes said: "As soon as the door opened at the house the smell of infection hit me.

"Ella was in a room in a cage and was a poor state with most of her fur missing because of the chronic skin disease she had which was causing her to itch constantly.

"She had both types of mange which is very unusual.

"Her eyes were full of pus and when I examined her ears it was clear they were also infected.

"She was also struggling to walk because of an injured front leg and she came limping towards me.

"This really was a catalogue of neglect, Ella had lots of problems which had all been left untreated for weeks.

"The owner failed in his duty of care on numerous levels as there was no attempt to alleviate the dog's suffering."

Gray was also fined £120, ordered to pay £300 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.