Monday, June 18, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY OFFENCE – PARRAMATTA LOCAL COURT

Photograph taken on 3 February 2012

A local South Granville woman appeared at Parramatta Local Court on Friday 8 June 2012.  She pleaded guilty to the charge of abandoning an animal.

The charge related to four kittens which were observed to be removed from a vehicle and left in a cardboard box in shrubs near the roadside at Pemulwuy on 3 February 2012.  Witnesses noted the registration number of the vehicle and contacted the RSPCA to collect the abandoned kittens.  An RSPCA Inspector was able to trace the South Granville
woman as the person who had borrowed the vehicle that day.  She made admissions that she had captured the stray kittens as she feared for their safety.  She then transported the stray kittens and left them at the location.

The woman was convicted and fined $100.  She was ordered to pay $83 Court costs and $47.21 costs to the RSPCA. All of the kittens were adopted from the RSPCA. RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David OShannessy said there is no excuse for abandoning a helpless animal. 

“As demonstrated in this case, the RSPCA was able to find homes for the kittens within a few weeks,” said Chief Inspector OShannessy.  “The offence of deliberately abandoning animals is considered very serious by the RSPCA and may likely result in a criminal conviction for animal cruelty.” 

If anyone in NSW considers an animal to be in peril, please call RSPCA NSW toll-free on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 358).

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

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