Friday, August 16, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: Matraville woman leaves dog to suffer with broken leg


A local Matraville woman failed to appear in Waverley Local Court on Tuesday to answer one charge of animal cruelty against a male Staffordshire crossbreed dog in her care. The woman was convicted ex-parte, fined and custody of the dog was awarded to RSPCA NSW.

On Monday the 22 April 2013 an RSPCA Inspector received information regarding a dog that had been taken to a vet clinic with severe leg injuries on the 12 April 2013. The dog was treated at the clinic, however the clinic then had difficulty organising with the woman to collect him.

Council Rangers took the dog back to the woman on 17 April 2013 and advised her that the dog would need further veterinary examination and treatment every two days.

On Wednesday 24 April 2013, after numerous phone calls confirming that the dog had not been taken to the vet, RSPCA Inspectors attended the woman's property and seized the dog, taking it for immediate veterinary treatment.

The examining veterinarian found the dog to be lame on his right front leg. His right front paw was swollen and red and the skin on the upper surface was inflamed and weeping, consistent with extensive licking of the area.

Radiographs obtained from this dog’s treating vet revealed fractures to two metacarpal bones on his right front leg. The obvious pain in the dog’s leg and foot made him to remove his support bandage, traumatising his paw and exacerbating his already infected wounds.

Judgement and Charges

The Matraville woman failed to appear in court and was therefore convicted ex-parte. She was charged with failure to provide veterinary treatment to a male Staffordshire crossbreed dog for metacarpal fractures. She was fined $500 and $3,795.97 in professional fees. Custody of the dog was awarded to RSPCA NSW.

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