A Ryde local man appeared in court on Friday 24 May, and pleaded guilty to five charges of animal cruelty relating to a male German Shepherd. A choker-chain around the dog’s neck had become so tight that it had cut into his flesh, causing the tissue to rot and become infested with maggots.
On Friday 27 April, 2012 a male black German Shepherd was brought into the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona as an injured stray.
The dog was in very poor body condition. He was emaciated, with his spine, ribs and hip bones extremely prominent to feel. A choker-chain was embedded in the top of his neck, which then went under his left armpit. There was a very strong smell of rotting flesh, and the area was clearly infected.
Both of the dogs ears were red and bloodied and had been chewed down to half their normal size by flybite. The dog also had large pressure sores on both his elbows and his nails were worn down with sores between the pads on his feet.
Microchip information detailed the owner of the dog. The owner confirmed this during an interview with RSPCA Inspectors Saturday 28 April, 2012.
The man pleaded guilty to five charges of animal cruelty and was fined $6,000 and ordered to pay $777.58 in vet/boarding fees. He was placed on an 18 month Good Behaviour Bond and prohibited from owning animals for 10 years.
All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulation