A Macquarie Fields woman failed to appear in Campbelltown Local Court on Tuesday to face two charges of animal cruelty. The woman was convicted ex-parte, fined and prohibited from owning animals for a period of two years.
On Monday 1 July 2013, RSPCA Inspectors were called to property in Macquarie Fields following a complaint about a dog. On arrival Inspectors found no one home however observed a male Ridgeback crossbreed dog in the rear yard of the premises. The Inspectors left notification stickers on the access points of the property.
On Wednesday 3 July, RSPCA Inspectors again attended the property to find no one home. The same dog was observed at the rear of the premises and the notifications stickers left previously were still intact. The dog was seized and taken for veterinary examination.
On Monday 8 July, RSPCA Inspectors spoke with the Macquarie Fields woman and during this conversation she admitted that she was the owner of the dog.
On Tuesday 16 July, the woman was interviewed at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter and further admitted that she had been away from the premises from 29 June to 3 July and during this time the dog was not given food or fresh water.
The woman failed to appear in court and was convicted ex-parte on two charges of animal cruelty and fined $800 and $1,480.44 in veterinary fees. The magistrate imposed a prohibition order preventing the Macquarie Fields woman from owning animals for a period of two years and custody of the dog in question was awarded to RSPCA NSW.
All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulation