|Photo of abandoned dog - note swelling under neck|
A 49-year-old man from Wallerawang was sentenced on three animal cruelty charges at Lithgow Local Court on 16 June 2011. He had pleaded guilty at an earlier Court appearance to abandoning an animal, failing to provide proper and sufficient food and failing to provide veterinary treatment.
His aged male Terrier cross breed dog was found abandoned at a local tip on 1 March 2010. Upon veterinary examination the emaciated dog was found to have wounds to the face and hips, a large swelling under his neck and an umbilical hernia. During an interview on 21 April 2010, the offender admitted that he had not sought veterinary treatment for the dog and had dumped him at the local tip.
The offender was convicted and ordered to perform 70 hours community service for abandoning the dog. He was given a S9 twelve month good behaviour bond and fined $500 for each of the food and veterinary charges. He has been prohibited from owning any animal for ten years and was ordered to present to Police for fingerprinting.
He was also ordered to pay $854.35 veterinary/boarding costs (total fines $1,000; total costs $854.35).
All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulations