Thursday, January 31, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Bankstown Local Court

All photographs taken on day of seizure - 23 January 2012

On Thursday 24 January, 2013, a local Lidcombe woman appeared in Bankstown Local Court and pleaded guilty to three charges of animal cruelty.

A RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to a property in Lidcombe on 23 January 2012 to investigate a complaint regarding a female bull terrier with an injured leg. Upon arrival the RSPCA Inspector observed that the dog was unable to stand or place weight upon its left hind leg. Swelling was also visible around the left hind leg and hip.

Contact was made with the owner who returned home to speak with the RSPCA Inspector. Shortly thereafter the dog in question was surrendered to the RSPCA and removed from the premises for urgent medical treatment.

Veterinary examination confirmed severe swelling to the animal’s left hip and thigh, blood spots and scabbing consistent with fly bite, greasy skin folds and inflamation of the vulval region, flea burden and a depressed mental state. The attending veterinarian was forced to euthanase the dog due to its poor condition. A post mortem further confirmed extensive abscessation and damaged tissues consistent with prolonged infection.

The owner appeared in Bankstown Local Court and entered a plea of guilty. She was found guilty of three charges of failing to provide veterinary treatment and was placed on a two year good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $2,400 in fines and $381.22 for veterinary and professional costs. 

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