A Lethbridge Park woman appeared in Mt Druitt Local Court on Thursday and was convicted of five charges of animal cruelty relating to a dog and two cats in her care. The woman was fined, placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond, banned from owning animals for five years and ordered to report to police for fingerprinting.
On Thursday 8 March 2013, an RSPCA NSW Inspector attended a property in Lethbridge Park. No one was home however the Inspector observed two cats on the veranda of the property. One was thin and in poor body condition, the second was in average condition.
At the rear of the property the Inspector found an emaciated male red and black crossbreed dog. The dog was severely dehydrated and too weak to walk so the Inspector began to immediately administer subcutaneous fluids to him. He was then given a mixture of sugar and water orally to help increase his blood sugar levels.
The two cats on the veranda were collected and a seizure notice placed on the front door of the property.
Upon veterinary examination the dog was found to be in a life threatening state of emaciation and required an immediate blood transfusion. One of the cats was also in an emaciated state.
On 20 March 2013 the RSPCA received a call from a woman during which she informed the Inspector that she was the owner of the dog and had been caring for the dog although it belonged to her ex-partner.
Judgement and Charges
The woman was found GUILTY and was convicted of five charges of animal cruelty. Failure to provide proper and sufficient food to the dog, failure to provide necessary veterinary treatment for hookworm, failure to provide necessary veterinary treatment for fleas, failure to provide proper and sufficient food to a male grey and white cat and failure to provide proper and sufficient food to a male black and white cat. She was also placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond, banned from owning animals for five years and ordered to report to police for fingerprinting. She was fined $1,200 and $6,512.09 in professional costs.
All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulation