On Friday 1 February, 2013, a local Narara man appeared in Gosford Local Court and pleaded guilty to one charge of animal cruelty in relation to his male Mastiff-cross puppy.
An RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to a property in Narara on Thursday 1 November, 2012 in relation to a complaint about a dog. Upon arrival the Inspector found a black Mastiff-cross puppy in very poor physical condition. The pup’s ribs, hips and spine were clearly visible, with muscle wastage to his rump. The Inspector also noted the puppy appeared to be depressed and lethargic.
The puppy was seized for immediate veterinary treatment.
Further examination revealed that the puppy had a body score of 4 (where 1 is ideal body condition and 5 being emaciated). Weight at the time of seizure was 11.7kgs where an appropriate weight for an animal of the same age should be between 18-20kgs.
The man appeared in Gosford local court and pleaded guilty to one charge to failing to provide proper and sufficient food. He was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $2,105 in veterinary costs and $83 in court costs.
All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulation