A Mount Warrigal woman appeared in Wollongong Local Court on Thursday to face one charge of aggravated animal cruelty against a female Staffordshire crossbreed dog in her care. The woman pleaded guilty and was convicted. She was fined and ordered to report to Wollongong Police for fingerprinting and a 20-year prohibition order was imposed.
On Thursday 15 August 2013 an RSPCA NSW Inspector attended a property in Mount Warrigal in response to a complaint about a dog. The Inspector had attended the property on a previous occasion regarding the same dog.
Upon arrival the Inspector observed the dog lying fully stretched out against the rear fence. The dog had a large amount of pus and blood oozing from a lump on the bridge of its nose, between its eyes; that was running down the side of its face into its mouth.
The dog was also in an emaciated body condition, with hair loss and around its rump and thickened skin around its tail and rear legs. As the dog struggled to breathe, fresh pus could be seen purging from the abscess on its face as the dog struggled to exhale air, with a foul putrid smell emanating from the dog.
The dog was immediately seized and taken for veterinary treatment.
On Friday 23 August 2013, the RSPCA NSW Inspector returned to the Mount Warrigal property and interviewed the owner. During the interview the woman stated reluctance to take the dog to a vet as she feared being told it required euthanasia. She also stated that she felt the dog wasn’t suffering and was attending to its wounds herself.
Veterinary records obtained by RSPCA NSW showed that the Mount Warrigal woman had attended for a consult on 9 January 2013 and antibiotics were prescribed for the dog with a re-assessment recommended in seven days. The woman did not return the dog to the veterinary hospital for further treatment.
The dog was humanely euthanased as it was deemed too cruel to keep her alive due to the severity of her medical conditions.
The Mount Warrigal woman was convicted of one charge of aggravated animal cruelty, fined $5,000 and $456 in court fees and placed on a 2-year Good Behavour Bond. The woman was ordered to report to Wollongong Police within seven days for fingerprinting and she was also banned from owning, purchasing, acquiring or caring for any animal for 20 years
All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulation