A MAN who allowed his dog to become half his ideal weight has been banned from owning animals for eight years.

Matthew James Fleming, 23, of Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, was also fined £750 after pleading guilty to failing to provide adequate nutrition and veterinary attention for his 13-year-old greyhound, who was so ill he had to be put to sleep.

He was sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court yesterday after an investigation by the Scottish SPCA.

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Inspector Gillian Dick said the dog, which was named Edge, was "severely emaciated" and had pressure sores because he had been unable to move.