Thursday, October 24, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: 57 dogs and two birds seized from squalid conditions in Penrose


A local Penrose woman appeared in Wollongong Local Court last Wednesday to face two charges of aggravated animal cruelty. 57 dogs and two birds had been seized from the woman property. The woman was convicted, placed on an 18-month good behaviour bond and banned from owning animals for a period of five years.

On Tuesday 27 November 2012, RSPCA Inspectors attended a property in Penrose after receiving a complaint about animals on the property.

The woman granted Inspectors access to her property and inside they observed 30-40 small breed dogs. The atmosphere in the house was stifling with a highly toxic smell of ammonia and the wooden floor was covered with a sludge of combined urine and faeces.

A total of 57 dogs and two birds were removed from the premises and subsequently surrendered to the RSPCA.

The animals were suffering from a variety of medical conditions including chronic skin conditions, ear infections, dental disease and several were in very poor body condition or were emaciated, with three dogs requiring euthanasia as they were in a condition that was cruel to be kept alive.

It was the opinion of the veterinarian that the animals had been in this condition for more than four weeks.

The Penrose woman was convicted of two charges of aggravated animal cruelty. She was placed on an 18-month Good Behaviour Bond and banned from owning animals for a period of five years.

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