Tuesday, June 5, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY OFFENCES – MT DRUITT LOCAL COURT

Photograph #1 taken on day of seizure 6 July 2011
Photograph #2 taken on 6 July 2011 shows wounds on dogs rump

A local Tregear woman appeared for sentencing on animal cruelty charges at Mount Druitt Local Court on Friday 1 June 2012.

She had earlier pleaded guilty to charges of failing to provide proper and sufficient food and failing to provide veterinary treatment to her dog.

An RSPCA Inspector attended the woman's premises on 6 July 2011 following a complaint about the condition of dogs on the property. An emaciated male Kelpie crossbreed dog was seized for urgent veterinary attention. The veterinarian estimated that there had been a failure to provide the dog with adequate nutrition for at least four weeks. The dog required treatment for contaminated and infected wounds on his rump. He was also suffering from internal hookworm and whipworm burdens and was infested with fleas. The woman surrendered the dog to the RSPCA a week later.

The local Tregear woman was convicted and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service for each offence. She was ordered to pay $470.20 veterinary costs and $3,500 professional costs. She has been prohibited from owning more than two dogs for five years (total 160 hours community service; total costs $3,950.20). 

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

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