Wednesday, July 13, 2011


A lcoal Batemans Bay man pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated cruelty to an animal at Batemans Bay Local Court on Monday 11 July 2011.

An RSPCA Inspector responded to a report about the mans male domestic short hair cat on the 11th November 2010. The Inspector seized the cat for urgent veterinary examination due to a large open facial wound.

The cat required euthanasia due to an advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the face. The erosive lesion extended from the cat's lower right eyelid to his upper lip. The carcinoma extended into the oral cavity and exposed the internal nasal cartilages. A post mortem confirmed that the carcinoma had spread to the local lymph node.

The veterinarian estimated the condition had been present for at least five to six months. The man admitted that the cat had not been provided with veterinary treatment.

The man was fined $500 and placed on a two year Section 9 good behaviour bond.

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All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulations.

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