Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday Find-A-Friend; Chipper, Male, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross


Hello there, I'm Chipper but there ain't no chip on my shoulder! I am sweet, gentle and a very loving young man looking for my new fur-ever loving home.

My shelter friends have seen me grow from a young and adventurous pup to a mature and loving young adult. I haven't really had a home outside of the shelter - everyone will be sad to see me go but want me to spend the rest of my puppy life and beyond with a loving new owner.

I get on great with other friendly dogs, but I will need to meet any new doggy playmates before being adopted! I am a pretty good boy with some basic obedience and would benefit from my new family continuing my training to ensure I remain a well behaved young adult.

I will need a medium size (minimum 5ft) fully fenced yard to keep me safe and secure. I absolutely love playtime, toys and walks!

I am available from the RSPCA Blue Mountains Shelter and I am desexed, health checked, vaccinated, wormed and microchipped - which is all covered in my adoption costs.

RSPCA Blue Mountains Shelter
121-125 Mort Street, Katoomba 2780
(02) 4782 2674
Open 6 days a week - closed Wednesdays.

RSPCA NSW INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY ANIMAL HEALTH PROGRAM HELPS WILCANNIA



RSPCA NSW’s Indigenous Community Companion Animal Health Program will visit Wilcannia and Menindee in the far West region of the state 1st – 3rd May to offer free desexing and animal health checks. The program aims to improve the health and welfare of animals in regional and remote Aboriginal communities that may not otherwise be able to easily access veterinary services.

The RSPCA Animal Health program is offered to communities free of charge. This program is funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) in conjunction with the closing the Gap strategy to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians. The government recognises the importance of dogs in Aboriginal communities and their impact on community health and safety. 

The Animal Health program will be run by RSPCA staff and volunteers from Broken Hill, Sydney and Newcastle and is supported by the Wilcannia and Menindee Community Working Parties and the Central Darling Shire Council. 

RSPCA NSW Veterinarian Dr Ann-Margret Withers,who’s been involved with the program since its inception eight years ago, believes effective community engagement is critical in making the program successful.  

“We are excited to be working with the Aboriginal community in Wilcannia again. Local community  members are helping us by conducting a pre-program survey and offering other support,” said Dr Withers. “With community and government help, we can continue helping to improve animal and human welfare via  community engagement, veterinary services, plus education in schools.” 

RSPCA NSW staff and volunteers will set up a temporary field hospital for members of the community to bring their pets along to and benefit from the program free of charge. Some of the services include vaccinations, health checks, microchipping, surgical or chemical desexing, treatment for fleas, worms, ticks, mange and other parasites, as well as practical pet care advice and education. 

RSPCA NSW Veterinarian Dr Doug Dixon-Hughes and Training Coordinator Narelle Maxwell will speak with students and adults about responsible pet ownership, animal welfare, humane treatment of animals and safety concepts around animals such as bite prevention.

The RSPCA Indigenous Community Companion Animal  Health  Program  has helped many communities  throughout NSW with the assistance of NSW Health. Some of the areas they have visited in the past include; Boggabilla, Bourke, Bowraville, Brewarrina, Collarenebri, Enngonia, Gingie, Goodooga,  Ivanhoe,  Jabullum, Namoi, Purfleet, Taree,Toomelah, Walgett, Walhallow, Weilmoringle and Wilcannia, and now Menindee. 

“So far, the team’s efforts have helped control overpopulation of companion animals and limit disease transmission between animals and humans in Aboriginal communities throughout NSW,” said Dr Withers.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Herbie, Male, Greyhound


Howdy, I’m Herbie – the love dog. Please help me find my fur-ever home.

I was surrendered to the shelter as my owners could no longer look after me. I would love to find an active family who has loads of energy and the dedication to take me on daily walks to help keep me fit and healthy.

I will need some help walking on a lead as sometimes I get excited and pull, so ongoing training classes/lessons will be good to help me with this. I am a very gentle boy and get on well with everyone I meet as well as children but I would love to meet the whole family before going home with you.

I love dogs of all sizes but I get the urge to chase cats and pocket pets. Please bring any doggy family member in to meet me to ensure we do get on. I will need an occasional brush and bath to keep me looking my best. Please ensure your yard is fully fenced with at least 5ft fences and gates with no holes or gaps to keep me safe and secure.

I am available from the RSPCA Illawarra Shelter and I am desexed, health checked, vaccinated, wormed and microchipped - which is all covered in my adoption costs.

RSPCA Illawarra
Industrial Road,
Unanderra, 2526
ph; (02) 47271 3410

Adoptions:
Friday to Wednesday: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Thursday: Closed
Closed on Public Holidays


Friday, April 20, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES – HORNSBY LOCAL COURT

Photograph taken on day of seizure 27 October 2010.

A local Collaroy woman was sentenced for animal cruelty charges at Hornsby Local Court today, Friday 20 April 2012. She had been charged with nine counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment to five Greyhound dogs.

An RSPCA Inspector attended a property housing approximately 30 dogs at Glenorie on 27 October 2010. Local Council Officers had requested that the RSPCA assess several dogs with injuries.

The Inspector seized five dogs for veterinary treatment of various wounds. In addition to the untreated wounds, the examining veterinarian found three of the dogs tested positive for intestinal worms and one of the dogs had severe dental disease with fractured teeth.

During an interview, the woman admitted she was the person in charge of the dogs, that she was aware of their injuries and had not sought veterinary treatment. The examining veterinarian concluded that the dogs’ wounds had required treatment for at least 48 hours.

The woman was found guilty of one charge for failing to provide veterinary treatment to a female Greyhound. She was convicted and placed on a Section 9 good behaviour bond for two years and ordered to present to NSW Police for fingerprinting. The remaining eight charges were dealt with under Section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act.

She has been prohibited from owning or caring for more than nine specified dogs for a period of five years. During this period, RSPCA officers may access her property to inspect her animals at regular intervals. The woman was further ordered to pay $1,039.50 veterinary/boarding costs and $5,918 towards the RSPCA’s legal costs.

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

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES – CAMPBELLTOWN LOCAL COURT

Photograph #1 taken on day of seizure - 16 February 2012

Photograph #2 taken after 25 days in RSPCA care - 12 March 2012

A local Campbelltown man appeared at Campbelltown Local Court in relation to two animal cruelty charges today, Tuesday 17 April 2012.

He pleaded guilty to failing to provide proper and sufficient food and failing to provide veterinary treatment to his male Labrador crossbreed dog.

RSPCA Inspectors responded to a complaint about the dog’s poor condition on 16 February 2012. The emaciated dog was seized for urgent veterinary examination.

The dog was found to have an intestinal hookworm burden and flea infestation. Both ears had ulcerated wounds from fly bites. The examining veterinarian concluded the dog had not received proper and sufficient food for at least four weeks.

The man was convicted and fined $800 for each charge. He was ordered to pay $81 Court costs and $1,537.50 veterinary/boarding costs. Custody of the dog was given to the RSPCA (total fines $1,600; total costs $1,618.50).

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

Friday Find-A-Friend; Claude, Male, Domestic Short Hair Cross



Meow...I'm Claude and yes, I am a big handsome boy with a very affectionate nature!

If you are looking for an independent cat then I'm not really the man for you. I need plenty of love and affection! I have won the hearts of many of the staff at the shelter - always giving them hugs and kisses. I love pats and to curl up on your lap. I will purr with joy!

When I'm not being affectionate I will be happy to curl up in a warm spot and take a nap. A scratching post will be great to allow me to express natural behaviours and will also prevent me from doing it on the furniture. A few toys will be great fun for the times I'm feeling energetic. I have a short coat so will require the occasional brush to rid any loose hair.

I'm a very affectionate boy who will make a loving companion to someone looking for a smoochie cat who loves to be with you.

I am available from the RSPCA Yagoona Shelter and I am desexed, health checked, vaccinated, wormed and microchipped - which is all covered in my adoption costs.

RSPCA Sydney (Yagoona) Shelter
201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona, 2199
ph; (02) 9770-7555

Adoptions:
Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Omo, Male, Border Collie X Bull Terrier


Oh hello, I'm Omo!

I'm a very playful and friendly dog looking for a loving home to call my own.

I would particularly like a family that has a very active lifestyle that I can be a part of. Don't leave me out of your daily activities and family fun - I love to socialize. Because I'm still a pup and have loads of energy, you will have to walk me at least twice a day and give me plenty of play time! If you do have to leave me at home, please give me some toys to bust my boredom and keep my mind working (such as Kongs).

I'm a good boy and already know how to sit - but I have plenty more to learn so will benefit from ongoing obedience training with positive reinforcement. I want to learn and grow into a well behaved adult.

It's a good idea that I meet all members of the family at the shelter before I go to your home. I can be a little boisterous when playing with other dogs at the shelter so must meet any potential doggy friends. You will need to have a large yard with secure 5ft fencing to keep me safe when I'm outside.

I am available from the RSPCA Yagoona Shelter and I am desexed, health checked, vaccinated, wormed and microchipped - which is all covered in my adoption costs.

RSPCA Sydney (Yagoona) Shelter
201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona, 2199
ph; (02) 9770-7555

Adoptions:
Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays

Monday, April 16, 2012

Lord Mayor Clover Moore Helps Pets of Homeless People

RSPCA Living Ruff staff with the Lord Mayor. Left to right:
Karen Schlieper, Sandra Ma, Karen Thorne, Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Fiona Millhouse

RSPCA NSW was presented with $10,000 today, thanks to the Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP Salary Trust. The Trust aims to help the City of Sydney’s most disadvantaged people and promote animal welfare by focusing on innovative projects that may not otherwise occur. Total funding of $20,000 will go towards the RSPCA NSW Living Ruff Program.

Launched in October 2011, the RSPCA NSW Living Ruff Program is the first of its kind in Australia and is designed to provide assistance to the pets of people affected by homelessness, or who are in imminent danger of homelessness. The program aims to ensure good animal health and wellbeing outcomes, preserve and strengthen human – animal bonds and reduce the number of animals abandoned or surrendered to shelters.

Living Ruff Program initiatives include: emergency boarding and foster care; access to veterinary services; access to pet food; education programs; and outreach services.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said that in many cases the only kind of loving relationship a rough sleeper has is with their pet.

“It is one of the saddest things – a person will refuse to go into a refuge without their pet and sleep in a tunnel or a shop doorway instead,” the Lord Mayor said.

“I’m happy that by donating my Lord Mayoral salary, I can directly help some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our community.”

RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman said that pet owners experiencing homelessness – or who are in imminent danger of homelessness – place significant value on the relationship they share with their pets.

“We understand the bond between a pets and their owner is strong, particularly during times of hardship and distress”, said Mr Coleman. “Living Ruff offers services for homeless pets and their owners in the hopes of helping them remain together during this challenging time.”

“The RSPCA is about animal welfare, as well as human welfare,” he said. “We’re extremely grateful for the Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s contribution to helping us continue the work we do through the Living Ruff Program.”

Since launching, the Living Ruff Program has responded to over 80 requests for assistance from people affected by homelessness. With the help of funding received from the Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP Salary Trust, it will be able to offer a range of services to as many as 100 additional clients within the City of Sydney Council area.




Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Find-A-Friend; Pixi, Female, Mastiff


Woof - pick me! I'm Pixi - but not quite as small as one. I'm a large, lovable girl who is looking for my new fur-ever home!

I am quite an active girl so would best suit a family who has owned dogs before. My large size might be a problem for young kids as I sometimes get over excited and I don't want to accidently hurt them.

Here at the shelter, cats and pocket pets are quite exciting so for this reason I must not go home with any as she will only stress them out.

Ongoing obedience training is essential - I love learning and need to improve my manners. It might help to use a halti or harness when teaching me to walk with you.

I love other dogs friendly and just love to play. Again, my size proves to be a bit full on for some dogs and I strongly dislike dogs being all up in my face - so make sure I get to meet fellow dogs before you adopt me. Also make sure the yard is fully fenced with 6ft fencing to keep me safe and secure.

Please walk me daily and give me lots of playing time and attention - I have to burn off all my energy!

I am available from the RSPCA Yagoona Shelter and I am desexed, health checked, vaccinated, wormed and microchipped - which is all covered in my adoption costs.

RSPCA Sydney (Yagoona) Shelter
201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona, 2199
ph; (02) 9770-7555

Adoptions:
Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays




ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES – MT DRUITT LOCAL COURT


Photograph taken on day of seizure - 16 September 2011

A local Hebersham woman appeared at Mount Druitt Local Court yesterday, Thursday 12 April 2012, in relation to animal cruelty charges. She pleaded guilty to three charges of failing to provide veterinary treatment to her male Sharpei crossbreed dog.

An RSPCA Inspector responded to a complaint about the dog’s skin condition on 16 September 2011. The dog was seized for veterinary examination which confirmed a chronic allergic skin disease. The dog was suffering from painful, infected ears and a congenital malformation of the eyelids causing ulceration of the dog’s eyes. The dog had severe bilateral squinting (which is a sign of eye pain) and mucopurulent discharges from both eyes.

During an interview the woman admitted she knew about the dog’s skin, eye and ear problems but had not taken him to a veterinarian. The woman surrendered the dog to the RSPCA on 25 September 2011.

The woman was convicted and fined $500 for each of the charges. She was ordered to pay $81 Court costs and $1,132.90 veterinary/boarding costs. The woman has been prohibited from owning animals for two years and was ordered to present to NSW Police for fingerprinting (total fines $1,500; total costs $1,213.90).

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


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

FAREWELL KATH GAZZARD


Kath Gazzard, former Pets Of Older Persons (POOPS) Coordinator, passed away on 3rd April 2012 after a brave battle with cancer. She was only 65 years old.

In 2003, when Kath was employed at the palliative care unit at St Josephs Hospital Auburn, she approached the RSPCA NSW asking for assistance. Kath recognised the importance of pets to the socially isolated elderly in our society. Pets provided them with companionship, gave them a purpose in life and enabled them to remain in their own homes for longer periods of time.

The partnership between RSPCA NSW and St Josephs Hospital resulted in the development of the POOPS program. POOPS assists the elderly in our community with their pets. The POOPS program is as much about human welfare as it is about animal welfare.

Through Kath’s hard work and dedication, the POOPS program flourished. Each year, the dedicated POOPS team assists more and more people and provides their pets with much needed care. Specifically POOPS provides services such as foster care, emergency boarding, home visits, grooming and veterinary treatment. The POOPS program is not government funded and relies on donations and fundraising.

Kath will always be remembered for her compassion, empathy and hard work. She was passionate about POOPS and often said that no pets are loved more than those belonging to the elderly.

The POOPS program has lost a very special person but Kath’s legacy will live on. POOPS will continue to provide a very important service to those in our community that benefit most from pet ownership.

- Dr Magdoline Awad BVSc MACVSc (Animal Welfare) CMAVA - Chief Veterinarian RSPCA NSW

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Simone, Female, Domestic Short Hair


Hi, my name is Simone - it would be lovely to meet you. I was brought into the shelter when I was only little and went to a foster home until I was old enough to find a loving family to call my own.

It is recommended that I go to a household with no other cats unless it's my sibling Floof, who I get along well with -  so we would love to be re-homed together! I get along with small, friendly dogs and would be happy to share a household with them as long as we're introduced slowly and given our own time and space.

I am affectionate and love a good cuddle. As I am a kitten I am very playful and will make fun out of almost anything! I love my playtime and will need stimulation and toys to keep me entertained. A scratching post is a great way for me to express natural behaviours as well as deter me from doing it on the furniture.

I am a loving, smoochy girl who would fit into any household. If you are interested in finding out more about me or would like to arrange to meet me please contact Hannah Burfitt on (02) 9770 7578 or hburfitt@rspcansw.org.au

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES – PARRAMATTA LOCAL COURT

Photograph taken 7 February 2012

A local Parramatta man failed to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Thursday 5 April 2012. He had been charged with two counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment to his male German Shepherd dog.

An RSPCA Inspector responded to a complaint about the dog’s skin condition on 2 February 2012. The Inspector issued instructions for the dog to be examined by a veterinarian. The dog was seized for veterinary treatment on 7 February 2012 as the man had not complied with these instructions.

The examining veterinarian confirmed that the dog had obvious severe untreated skin disease. The skin was severely inflamed, very itchy with generalised hair loss. The dog was also suffering from chronic infections in both ears.

Following an ex parte Hearing, the man was fined $1,000 for failing to provide veterinary treatment for the skin disease. The charge relating to the ear infections was found proven but dismissed with no further penalty under Section 10 of the NSW Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act.  The man was ordered to pay $81 Court costs and $2,147.83 veterinary/boarding costs (total fines $1,000; total costs $2,228.83).

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Find-A-Friend; Morris, Female, Australian Cattle dog X Wirehaired Jack Russell


G'day, my name's Morris - I am a very friendly and affectionate girl looking for a loving family to call my own!

My previous owners were moving and couldn't take me with them so they took me to the shelter. I am very playful and can get a little excited with play - it's best that my new home has kids that are older than 15 years.

I'm a cross of two active breeds so daily exercise and mental stimulation is very important in order to keep me healthy and happy. I really love toys so will need a variety of toys to play with. If you need to leave me alone you can leave a Kong or treat ball to eat or big meaty bones I can spend time chewing on. A long daily walk or a run and some interactive playtime with toys will be so great for my happiness. I may chase cats and pocket pets (rabbits, guinea pigs etc) so I cannot go to a home with these.

I am essentially social with other dogs and enjoy their company. I get a little anxious when left alone so would benefit from going to a home with another dog to keep me company. Preferably a buddy that enjoys playing but isn’t too full on. Don't forget my new home must have secure fencing that is a minimum of 6ft to keep me safe for the times I'm outside. I'm honestly very sweet and will make a loving companion to someone looking for an active working breed dog who they can exercise with.

I am available from the RSPCA Yagoona Shelter and I am desexed, health checked, vaccinated, wormed and microchipped - which is all covered in my adoption costs.

RSPCA Sydney (Yagoona) Shelter
201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona, 2199
ph; (02) 9770-7555

Adoptions:
Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays

Thursday, April 5, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - MOSS VALE LOCAL COURT

 
Photograph and x-ray taken on day of seizure, 2 June 2011

A local Hill Top man failed to appear at Moss Vale Local Court yesterday, Monday 2 April 2012 in relation to animal cruelty charges.

The man had been charged with two counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment to his female German Shepherd dog. An RSPCA Inspector responded to a report about an injured stray dog on 2 June 2011. The dog was found with a bandage around her left paw and unable to bear weight on her left front leg.

After attempting to locate the owner, the dog was seized and transported for veterinary attention. X-rays confirmed the dog had a dislocated left front elbow. She also was suffering a heavy flea burden. The examining veterinarian considered that the trauma to the dog's leg had been sustained at least two weeks prior to presentation due to muscle wastage seen in the shoulder.

The man admitted he knew about the dog's sore leg but had not sought veterinary treatment. He surrendered the dog to the RSPCA the following day.

Following an ex parte Hearing, the man was convicted and fined $1,000 for each charge. He was ordered to pay $162 Court costs and $226.20 veterinary expenses (total fines $2,000; total costs $388.20).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

RSPCA NSW 'Hare' Care Week - Groomin', Livin' & Luvin'



Jack is available from the RSPCA Nowra Shelter.

Now that you have adopted a new bunny for the long term & know what to feed it, it's time to think about how to care for your bunny so that your bunny will be a happy & wonderful companion!

Grooming: Regular grooming keeps your rabbits coat in good condition.
  • Check for parasites & dirt, especially around/under the tail to avoid flystike (a fatal condition). 
  • Clip rabbits nails if they are getting too long.
Living area: Your rabbit’s home needs to be safe, dry, cool, warm and comfortable with plenty of water, food and shade.
  • The hutch - a good size with 2 compartments - one side should be enclosed for protection against weather and predators.
  • The floor can be wood or wire mesh if it remains on grass. Cover it with newspaper and a layer of straw/grass hay/shredded paper.
  • Clean the hutch every week!
  • Ensure the hutch is well-ventilated and not directly in sun as rabbits can suffer heat stress.
Stimulation: Rabbits are intelligent animals that require mental and physical stimulation.
  • Provide them with opportunities to display their natural bahaviours - running, jumping, digging and sometimes flips in the air.
  • Let them out in a grassy protected area but keep an eye on your sneaky bunny or the curious local cat/dog.
  • Try housetraining your rabbit so that it can run around safely inside your home.
  • Get a friend or 2 for your rabbit as they are very sociable animals.
A healthy rabbit is; alert, its eyes bright and bold, its movement free and easy, no sores on its body or discharge from its ears, eyes or nose. Don't forget to get your rabbit vaccinated against calicivirus to protect it and desexed to prevent unwanted litters.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

RSPCA NSW 'Hare' Care - Rabbits Culinary Habbits



Freckles is available to adopt from our Tuggerah Care Centre

Rabbits are herbivores! (ahem) In human terms they are vegans i.e. they eat no animal products, flesh, dairy, eggs etc etc. Their digestive tracts are not equipped to handle anything but a plant based diet. There are some plants that they cannot eat or can eat only in limited quantities. The importance of a correct diet cannot be over emphasized. Ninety-five percent of all rabbit vet visits are related to improper diet. Diets for sick, geriatric, baby, and pregnant rabbits differ from the diets for healthy adult rabbits.

Besides plenty of clean fresh water, it is important to feed your rabbit a diet that is:

High In Fiber - The fiber recommendation for companion rabbits is a crude fiber level of 13-20% with a level of 12.5 indigestible fiber.

Low In Calcium - The dietary level recommendation for companion rabbits of calcium is 0.6-1%.

Low in Carbohydrates - The overload of rapidly digestible carbohydrates (for example, sugars) in the large intestine increases the likelihood of digestive disorders

source - Rabbitwise

A good diet provides good nutrition and maintains appropriate body weight. It is extremely important for rabbits to maintain proper weight! Obesity kills! If your rabbit already eats lots of grass or hay, you’ve taken a major step to help him (or her!) enjoy a long, healthy life. But wild rabbits eat many other plants – not just grass. Pet rabbits (and their digestive system) really benefit from fresh greens every day.

Lollies intended for human consumption should never be given to rabbits, primarily because of the sugars. Salty, sugary, or fatty snacks intended for people should never be fed to rabbits. They contain no nutrients, encourage bad eating habits, and cause obesity and intestinal upset. Also, it's worth mentioning that chocolate in large amounts can be harmful to rabbits. However, most chocolate products (such as Easter eggs) are sugar-rich and thus, should be avoided. There is research to suggest these items may contribute to fatal cases of enterotoxaemia, a toxic overgrowth of "bad" bacteria in the intestinal tract.

Monday, April 2, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES – LITHGOW LOCAL COURT


Photo August 2010 - shows faecal dags on ears accumulated by dragging through mud contaminated by faeces.

A local Pipers Flat woman appeared at Lithgow Local Court on Friday 30 March 2012 in relation to multiple animal cruelty charges. The woman pleaded guilty to 17 charges including one count of failing to provide proper and sufficient food, six counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment and 10 counts of failing to comply with the NSW Animal Welfare Code of Practice for Breeding Dogs and Cats.

RSPCA Inspectors attended the womans property on 24 August 2010 in response to a complaint about the welfare of her animals. They found many animals kept in horrific conditions. Twenty two dogs and three cats were seized and taken for urgent veterinary examination.

The Inspectors returned to the property the following day with NSW Police Officers and a Local Council Ranger. A further 27 dogs, two puppies and three rabbits were surrendered to the RSPCA by the woman. Many of the animals had dirty, matted coats. The examining veterinarians found the majority of animals were suffering from preventable parasite infections, dental disease, eye diseases and many other medical conditions.

The woman was convicted and placed on Section 9 good behaviour bonds for each of the seven food and veterinary charges. The period of the bonds ranged between twelve months to two years and will be served concurrently.

A fine of $500.00 was also issued for one of the veterinary offences. The woman was further fined a total of $3,600 for the ten breaches of the regulatory Code of Practice for Breeding Dogs & Cats. The woman was ordered to pay $14,944.77 veterinary/boarding expenses and $3,000 toward the RSPCA's legal costs.

The woman has been prohibited from owning animals for 10 years, with the exception of two de-sexed dogs. The Court ordered that all other animals at the womans premises must be disposed of or surrendered within 14 days, and that RSPCA Officers be permitted to periodically inspect these premises for a period of 2 years (total fines $4,100; total costs $17,944.77).

RSPCA NSW 'Hare' Care - Easter Bunny is for Life



'Obi' is available to adopt from our Tuggerah Care Centre
'Obi' is available to adopt from our Tuggerah Care Centre
The idea of buying a cute baby rabbit or other pet for an Easter present seems like such a good idea at the time. But consider that this furry baby will grow up and will need a long term home whose owner has the time and money to take good care of them.

The RSPCA can’t stress enough how important it is not to give a pet as a surprise gift. “If you can’t offer a bunny a lifelong home, then please only give toys or chocolate bunnies as Easter gifts,” says RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Dr Magdoline Awad.

Spontaneous purchases or gift surprises means many animals are neglected, die or are surrendered to the RSPCA. There are over 80 rabbits currently available for adoption from RSPCA NSW. In the past there has been 25% more bunnies surrendered in the month after Easter.

We recommend that you do your research and make a responsible decision about buying a new pet. Bunnies make wonderful pets and live up to 8 years. They are relatively easy to care for, quiet and gentle, and perfect for people who don’t have the room, time or energy for a dog.

If you do decide you are ready for a bunny friend, adopting one from the RSPCA ensures your pet is desexed and health checked.

"It is important to make sure your rabbits are desexed - 'breeding like rabbits' is not just a phrase!” says Dr Awad.

Please read the checklist before getting a new pet. To view what rabbits and other animals are available for adoption click here.