A WOMAN has been banned from keeping reptiles for five years by a court after action brought by the RSPCA.
Carol Riches, 42, of Turner Avenue, Rowner, Gosport, was also fined £2,015 after pleading guilty at Fareham Magistrates’ Court to a string of offences in relation to the Animal Welfare Act.
Riches failed to provide a suitable environment for her bearded dragon Sophia, causing unnecessary suffering to the protected animal between February 16 and May 16 this year.
When three of her reptile pets had infected injuries, between April 25 and May 16, Riches did not provide veterinary care for them.
She was also found guilty of not looking after the needs of all five of her bearded dragons, between April 25 and May 16, as she did not provide an adequate environment for them.
And she failed to provide a suitable environment for a Collie dog Cassie and crossbreed Buddy, for which she was also fined.
She did not protect them from pain, suffering, injury and disease by inappropriately tethering them and did not provide either dog with an adequate supply of fresh water.
Riches also did not give dog Cassie adequate vet care for her skin and ear problems.
She received a conditional discharge for 12 months for all of the charges relating to the two dogs.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: ‘Under the Animal Welfare Act people have a duty of care to ensure their pets needs are being met, which includes having a suitable environment in which to live.
‘When people fail in their duty of care, it is important that people understand that that doing nothing or neglecting an animal in whatever way is simply not an acceptable option.’