A WOMAN has been ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work after she was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a Yorkshire Terrier type dog.

Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how Nashia Rickard, aged 25, failed to provide the dog, named Bo, with a safe environment at her home in Kersal Avenue, Little Hulton, and failed to take reasonable care to protect the animal between July 29 and August 26 last year.

Rickard pleaded guilty to committing the Animal Welfare Act offence and was banned from keeping any animals for five years.

She was also ordered to pay £600 in prosecution costs to the RSPCA plus £95 towards funding victim services.