AN ELDERLY pair who left a Jack Russell in a hot car last summer have been banned from owning dogs for the next decade.

Jonathan Raymond Brown and Veronica Phyllis Brown, 83 and 77, left the dog, named Billy, in a car during hot weather in Edinburgh Drive, Didcot, on June 17 last year.

The circumstances were said to be likely to cause the animal distress or suffering, which is against the Animal Welfare Act (2006).

The duo, of The Parks, in Harwell, near Didcot, pleaded not guilty on October 17 but the charges were proved in their absence at Oxford Magistrates' Court on December 11.

It was ruled that the RSPCA should take Billy away and neither of the pair will be able to own a dog for 10 years. Each of them was fined £440, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £44 and costs of £250.