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Adelaide woman mistreated pet Staffy

AAP logoAAP 9/01/2017

An Adelaide woman has been convicted of mistreating a pet dog that became emaciated and plagued by skin mites while under her care.

Tanya Evans, 43, pleaded guilty on Monday to ill treatment of the male American Staffordshire terrier at her Plympton Park home in October 2015.

The dog was seized by RSPCA officers who visited the woman's house after a complaint to the animal welfare agency.

"The dog was in a bad state," Magistate John Wells told the Adelaide Magistrates Court.

"He was very, very skinny, had scabs all over him and he was suffering from mange."

The magistrate, who was shown photos of the sick dog, said he was "troubled" by the mistreatment.

"We as pet owners are required on a legal and moral level to look after our animals," Mr Wells said.

But he accepted that the dog belonged to Evans' ex-boyfriend and had come into the woman's care "against her will" when the pair split.

As a result the magistrate was more lenient in his sentencing, handing the hotel worker a 12-month good behaviour bond while banning her from owning animals until further order.

Evans' 19-year-old daughter was originally also charged by the RSPCA but the charges were dropped on Monday.

The dog recovered under the car of vets, putting on about 10kg as his irritated skin healed.

"He is in a much better state, which is good news," Mr Wells said.

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