Pictures reveal shocking state of dog found locked in toilet

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ANIMAL cruelty charity the RSPCA has hit out after prosecuting a Gosport couple over the poor condition of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Daniel Jackman, 42, and Charlene Reed, 36, both of Forton Road, Gosport, were handed community orders at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court after their dog Mitzy was found trapped in a bathroom infested with fleas, with open sores and hair loss.

Mitzy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier found locked in a toilet at home in Forton Road, Gosport. The RSPCA prosecuted Daniel Jackman and Charlene Reed over causing unnecessary suffering. Picture: RSPCA

Mitzy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier found locked in a toilet at home in Forton Road, Gosport. The RSPCA prosecuted Daniel Jackman and Charlene Reed over causing unnecessary suffering. Picture: RSPCA

They were banned from keeping dogs by a judge today.

Now the RSPCA's chief inspector Paul Williams has warned pet owners of their responsibilities.

He said: 'Pet owners have a responsibility to care for their animals.

'That includes ensuring any health issues are dealt with promptly to avoid distress and suffering.'

Mitzy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier found locked in a toilet at home in Forton Road, Gosport. The RSPCA prosecuted Daniel Jackman and Charlene Reed over causing unnecessary suffering. Picture: RSPCA

Mitzy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier found locked in a toilet at home in Forton Road, Gosport. The RSPCA prosecuted Daniel Jackman and Charlene Reed over causing unnecessary suffering. Picture: RSPCA

Mitzy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier found locked in a toilet at home in Forton Road, Gosport. The RSPCA prosecuted Daniel Jackman and Charlene Reed over causing unnecessary suffering. Picture: RSPCA

Mitzy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier found locked in a toilet at home in Forton Road, Gosport. The RSPCA prosecuted Daniel Jackman and Charlene Reed over causing unnecessary suffering. Picture: RSPCA

Mitzy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier found locked in a toilet at home in Forton Road, Gosport. The RSPCA prosecuted Daniel Jackman and Charlene Reed over causing unnecessary suffering. Picture: RSPCA

Mitzy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier found locked in a toilet at home in Forton Road, Gosport. The RSPCA prosecuted Daniel Jackman and Charlene Reed over causing unnecessary suffering. Picture: RSPCA

Mitzy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier found locked in a toilet at home in Forton Road, Gosport. The RSPCA prosecuted Daniel Jackman and Charlene Reed over causing unnecessary suffering. Picture: RSPCA

Mitzy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier found locked in a toilet at home in Forton Road, Gosport. The RSPCA prosecuted Daniel Jackman and Charlene Reed over causing unnecessary suffering. Picture: RSPCA

Mitzy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier after she recovered under the care of the RSPCA's Stubbington Ark. The RSPCA prosecuted Daniel Jackman and Charlene Reed over causing unnecessary suffering. Picture: RSPCA

Mitzy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier after she recovered under the care of the RSPCA's Stubbington Ark. The RSPCA prosecuted Daniel Jackman and Charlene Reed over causing unnecessary suffering. Picture: RSPCA

Mitzy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier after she recovered under the care of the RSPCA's Stubbington Ark. The RSPCA prosecuted Daniel Jackman and Charlene Reed over causing unnecessary suffering. Picture: RSPCA

Mitzy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier after she recovered under the care of the RSPCA's Stubbington Ark. The RSPCA prosecuted Daniel Jackman and Charlene Reed over causing unnecessary suffering. Picture: RSPCA