Monday, June 25, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES – MOUNT DRUITT LOCAL COURT

Photograph of collapsed dog taken on day of seizure 22 October 2011.

A local Bidwill woman was sentenced for five animal cruelty charges at Mount Druitt Local Court on Thursday 21 June 2012. She pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty and four counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment to her dog.

RSPCA Inspectors attended a property at Tregear on 22 October 2011 in response to a report of a collapsed dog. The female Rottweiler dog was surrendered by the woman and transported by the Inspectors for urgent veterinary assessment. The dog required euthanasia on humane grounds. 

The examining veterinarian concluded that there had been a failure to seek treatment for the dog’s collapse and dehydration for at least three days due to an underlying renal failure and systemic infection of at least two weeks duration. The dog was also suffering osteoarthritis and had a severe flea infestation. 

The woman was sentenced to 100 hours of community service for each of the five charges. She was ordered to pay $83 Court costs and $53.67 transcription costs. She has also been prohibited from owning any animal for five years (total 500 hours community service; total costs $136.67).

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

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