Friday, November 23, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY - Newtown Court

Photographs were taken on the day of seizure, 8 August 2012

A local Enmore man failed to appear in Newtown Court on 12 November and was convicted exparte on one charge of failing to provide veterinary treatment for a broken leg to a red Pomeranian puppy.

On Wednesday 1 August the puppy was taken to a vet clinic for an injury to one of its front legs by the accused. The vet confirmed that the leg was broken and that further treatment was required. The accused refused treatment and the dog was sent home on pain medication to last 24 hours. At that time the accused was advised that the dog would be in pain and legally cannot be left without treatment. The accused did not return for a follow up appointment.

On Friday 3 August an RSPCA NSW Inspector attended a property in Stanmore in relation to a complaint about the same dog. No animal was located at the address and despite several follow up calls made to the owner, he could not be contacted.

On Wednesday 8 August the RSPCA received a phone call advising that the dog was at the premises listed above. An Inspector attended immediately and seized a red female Pomeranian puppy. After failing to appear in court, the man was convicted exparte, fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $4,401.80 (veterinary treatment and boarding costs) and $83 court costs. A prohibition order for 2 years on all animals was also granted.

Custody of the puppy was awarded to RSPCA NSW.

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