Wednesday, August 21, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: Mastiff left to starve in Mount St Thomas

Photo left, taken on day of seizure. Photo right taken after 14 days in RSPCA care (8.5kg weight gain).

A local Mount St Thomas man appeared in Wollongong Local Court on the 8th August 2013 and pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty against a male Mastiff crossbreed dog in his care. The man was convicted, fined and custody of the dog was awarded to RSPCA NSW.

On Monday 6 May 2013, an RSPCA Inspector was called to a property in Mount St Thomas in response to a complaint about a dog. Inspectors had attended the premises previously and left instructions with the owner regarding the body condition of the dog.

No one was home so Inspectors left a notification for the owner to contact the RSPCA.

On Monday 20 May 2013, Inspectors returned to the property and observed the dog’s condition to have deteriorated. He was immediately seized and taken for veterinary treatment.

Repeated attempts by both RSPCA Inspectors and NSW Police to contact the owner went unanswered.

In the first 14 days of RSPCA care the dog’s body weight increased by 8.5kgs.

The man pleaded GUILTY and was convicted on both charges, one failure to provide sufficient food and failure to provide veterinary treatment. He was ordered to pay $2,117.60 in professional fees and $6,000 in fines. Custody of the dog was awarded to RSPCA NSW.

Following expiration of the appeal period he will be available for adoption from the RSPCA Illawarra Shelter Unanderra.

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