Thursday, September 6, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Sutherland Local Court

Photograph taken on day of seizure, 24 May 2012

A local woman from Sydney failed to appear at Sutherland Local Court for sentencing on Wednesday 29 August 2012. In her absence she was found guilty of two counts of failing to provide vet treatment to her female Golden Retriever.

On 17 April 2012, RSPCA Inspectors responded to a complaint about a dog with a severe ear infection in South Hurstville. The officers saw one female Golden Retriever in poor body condition, with live adult fleas on her body, fur loss and a white thick discharge coming out of both ears and down the side of the dog’s face. The woman was instructed to seek veterinary care for her dog within the week. She advised RSPCA Inspectors that the dog had seen a vet. She failed to carry out instructions from her vet to seek further veterinary treatment after administering ten days of medication to her dog.

RSPCA Inspectors returned to the property on 24 May 2012 to inspect the dog’s condition. They found that the dog still had a serious infection in both ears and still had fleas on her body. Subsequently the animal was seized and taken to the RSPCA Shelter for further veterinary examination. The RSPCA veterinarian confirmed that the dog was suffering from a severe bacterial infection in both ears, suffered from chronic skin disease and had a live infestation of fleas.

The woman was fined $600 for failing to provide veterinary treatment for an ear infection and $600 for failing to provide veterinary treatment for a flea infestation. Moiety was granted to the RSPCA. She was ordered to pay $3310 in animal care costs, $175.18 in professional costs and $83 in court costs. She was also prohibited from owning any animal for a period of two years. Custody of the dog was awarded to the RSPCA.

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