Tuesday, February 26, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Campbelltown Local Court

A local Campbelltown man appeared in Campbelltown Local Court and pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty.  He was sentenced on Tuesday 12 February 2013.

An RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to a property in Campbelltown on Wednesday 15 August, 2012 to investigate a complaint regarding a skinny dog on the premises. The Inspector observed an adult male Border Collie in very poor body condition with all pin, hip, spine and rib bones clearly visible. Caked faeces were also evident over the tail and rump area of the dog.

The Inspector was informed that the dog resided at another property so attended that address and spoke with the resident who identified himself as the owner of the dog.

The Inspector offered a surrender option to the man which was accepted. The dog was then removed from the property and taken for immediate medical treatment.

The examining veterinarian concluded that the dog was emaciated with a body score of 5/5 on the Tufts Animal Care and Condition (TACC) scale (where a score of 1 is normal and 5 is emaciated). The dog had diarrhoea and faeces were smeared and crusted around his anus, tail and hind legs. Additionally he had huge bilateral hernias, alopecia and chronic flea allergy dermatitis.

The owner pleaded guilty to one charge of aggravated cruelty and one charge of failing to provide veterinary treatment, was fined a total of $1,250, ordered to pay Court costs of $83, placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond and banned from owning animals for two years.

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