Wednesday, July 4, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES – GRAFTON LOCAL COURT


Photographs of Bull Mastiff dog taken on day of seizure 14 February 2012

A local South Grafton woman appeared at Grafton Local Court on Monday 2 July 2012. She pleaded guilty to four charges of animal cruelty involving two of her dogs.

An RSPCA Inspector responded to a complaint about neglected dogs on 14 February 2012. The Inspector located an emaciated male Bull Mastiff crossbreed dog tied to a veranda. The dog was too weak to stand and was seized for urgent veterinary attention. The dog required treatment for life threatening anaemia due to malnutrition and an overwhelming intestinal worm burden.

The Inspector returned to the woman's premises on 21 February 2012 and found a female crossbreed Pitbull with five puppies in poor condition. These animals were also seized for veterinary attention. Following examination the female Pitbull was scored as very underweight. She was treated for a massive internal worm burden.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to provide proper and sufficient food and two counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment.

The woman was convicted and placed on a Section 9 bond for twelve months. She was ordered to pay $83 Court costs and $10,091.50 veterinary and boarding costs. She has been prohibited from owning animals for twelve months.

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

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