Monday, September 23, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: Southern Highlands cat breeder convicted of eight charges of animal cruelty


A local Hill Top woman appeared in Moss Vale Local Court on Monday 16 September 2013 to face eight charges of animal cruelty against 20 cats in her care. The woman was convicted, fined, placed on a three-year Good Behaviour Bond and banned from owning animals for ten years.

On Tuesday 24 July 2012, RSPCA Inspectors attended a property in Hill Top to execute a search warrant on the woman.

On arrival Inspectors found 20 cats on the premises. 19 of these cats were being kept in squalid conditions in cages, pens or hiding amongst accumulated possessions in the house. The cats had also been urinating and defecating throughout the house.

When RSPCA Inspectors began counting and examining the cats, the woman removed all her clothes and claimed that she was incontinent. Following instructions from her husband to get dressed the woman became hysterical and the RSPCA Inspectors called police as a precaution.

The cats were seized and taken for immediate veterinary examination. The Hill Top woman claimed that a number of the cats belonged to other people and she was just caring for them.

The RSPCA made arrangements to check on the welfare of the animals the woman was allowed to keep however she moved residence without informing RSCPA Inspectors of her forwarding address.

The Hill Top woman pleaded guilty and was convicted on all seven charges of animal cruelty (listed below) and fined $1,400. The magistrate also placed the woman on a three-year Good Behaviour Bond and prohibited her from owning any additional animals for a period of ten years.

List of charges
  • Failure to provide veterinary treatment to 19 cats for fleas (1 charge)
  • Failure to provide veterinary treatment to 15 cats for an upper respiratory tract infection (1 charge)
  • Failure to provide veterinary treatment to 9 cats for matted coats, urine scald and dirty ears (1 charge)
  • Failure to provide veterinary treatment to 4 cats for severe dental disease (1 charge)
  • Failure to provide veterinary treatment to 3 cats for mild to moderate dental disease (1 charge)
  • Failure to provide veterinary treatment to 2 cats for internal parasites, worms (1 charge)
  • Failure to provide veterinary treatment to 6 cats for poor body condition (1 charge)

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