Monday, March 18, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Campbelltown Local Court

This photograph was taken on day of seizure – 12 September, 2012

A local woman from Airds appeared in court on Thursday and was convicted of two offences of animal cruelty against a male Bull Terrier.

An RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to a property in Airds on Wednesday 12 September 2012 in response to a complaint about a dog on the premises. Upon arrival the Inspector observed two Staffordshire Terriers who were both in reasonable condition. A male Bull Terrier was found in a fenced off area and a serious injury to his front leg was clearly visible. The dog was unable to bear weight on the leg and was not using the leg to walk. The dog was seized for immediate veterinary attention.

An RSPCA veterinarian found that the dog had a swollen right elbow and multiple infected puncture wounds. An x-ray also revealed a possible old fracture and chronic infection of the bone.

The RSPCA interviewed the owner and it was revealed that the dog had been in a fight several months prior however was not taken to a vet. The owner attempted to treat the wounds herself however the dog was reinjured in another fight. The owner also admitted that she wanted to have the dog euthanased due to its aggression but nothing had been done to follow this through.

The owner was found guilty of failing to provide veterinary treatment and fined $1,500, ordered to pay veterinary costs of $1,170.50 and placed on a two year good behaviour bond.

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