Photograph taken on day of seizure, 5 October 2011
A local Sydney man appeared at Windsor Local Court for sentencing on Thursday 2 August 2012. He pleaded guilty to three animal cruelty charges to his nine dogs.
On 5 October 2011, RSPCA Inspectors responded to a complaint about a number of dogs in poor condition at a rural property in Box Hill. The officers located 19 dogs at the property and after examining each dog, 9 dogs were seized for poor body condition and/or veterinary issues.
The five adult Beagles, three adult Labradors and one Staffordshire Bull Terrier were transported to the RSPCA Shelter and presented to a veterinarian for examination. The veterinarian confirmed that the 9 dogs were under weight and had worm infestations with 6 of the dogs having ear infections. The dogs were provided with necessary veterinary treatment and placed on a commercially available diet and demonstrated weight gain while in the care of the RSCPA.
The man was charged with three offences, that being failing to provide proper and sufficient food to nine dogs, failing to provide veterinary treatment for worm infestations to nine dogs and a failing to provide veterinary treatment for ear infections to six dogs.
He was convicted on all three charges and placed on a Section 9 Good Behaviour Bond for 2 years with conditions that enable the RSPCA to inspect any property owned that he owned, four times a year for the duration of the bond. He was ordered to pay $14,163.88 in animal care costs and $5000 in professional costs.
All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulations