Wednesday, October 2, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: Dog collar cuts through neck of German Shepherd; Guildford woman convicted of animal cruelty


A local Guildford woman failed to appear in Fairfield Local Court yesterday on Thursday to face two charges of animal cruelty against a German Shepherd dog in her care. The woman was convicted ex-parte, fined, ordered to report to Police for fingerprinting and banned from owning animals for a period of five years.

On Wednesday 5 June 2013, RSPCA Inspectors attended a property in Guildford following a complaint about a dog.

Inspectors found an adult female German Shepherd dog with a metal collar embedded in her neck. The skin around the neck area was red, inflamed and required immediate veterinary attention so the dog was immediately seized.

In an interview conducted on Thursday 6 June 2013, the woman admitted being the owner of the dog and being aware of her condition.

RSPCA veterinarians were able to surgically remove the collar from the dog’s neck. Some of the chain links of the collar were buried so deep that they submerged into the subcutaneous tissue of the neck.

Further examination concluded that the dog would have been in unnecessary pain and suffering as a result of the embedded collar for at least two weeks prior to seizure.

The Guildford woman failed to appear in court and was convicted ex-parte on two charges of animal cruelty, failure to exercise reasonable care and failure to provide veterinary treatment for an embedded collar. She was ordered to pay $703.01 in RSPCA veterinary charges, fined $800, report to Police for fingerprinting and banned from owning animals for a period of five years.

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