On 24 February, 2012 an RSPCA Ambulance was called to a Bexley address after reports of a dog in a wheelie bin. Upon arrival a female black and tan German Shepherd cross breed was found emaciated, dehydrated and with severe fly bitten ears and live flea infestation curled up at the bottom of a closed wheelie bin. She was seized and taken for immediate veterinary attention.
RSPCA veterinarians found her to be severely underweight and given a body score of 5/5 based on the TUFTS Animal care and condition scale where five is emaciated and one is ideal. She also had severe muscle wastage over her hind limbs consistent with a degenerative joint disease. Both her ears were also severely fly bitten and she had a heavy infestation of live adult fleas.
RSPCA Inspectors returned to the area and spoke with a woman, suspected as the owner. She was shown a photo of the subject animal for identification. At first instance the woman stated she only had a Husky dog. However when shown the identification picture admitted that the subject animal was the family dog. The RSPCA spoke to her partner, who stated he was the owner of the subject animal and admitted responsibility for it. The woman denied any knowledge of how the dog ended up in the wheelie bin and advised that she did not even know it was missing.
Both the man and the woman failed to appear in Court so the matter was dealt with ex-parte. They were found guilty of five charges of animal cruelty, ordered to pay costs totaling $2,020.95 and banned from owning animals for five years. A warrant has been issued for their arrest.
After four weeks in RSPCA care the female German Shepherd weighed 21kg, an increase of 67% from her weight at seizure.
All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulation