A Mt Pritchard man appeared in Ryde Local Court last Thursday to face seven charges of animal cruelty relating to one horse, two cats and 16 Bulldogs in his care. He pleaded guilty to six out of the seven charges and was found guilty of the final charge (for failing to provide veterinary treatment for a horse) and was convicted. He was ordered to serve 400 hours community service, placed on two separate five-year Good Behaviour Bonds and banned from owning more than eight animals for five years.
RSPCA NSW Inspectors attended a property in Mt Pritchard on 24 December 2010 in response to a complaint about the condition of a horse. In addition to the mare, RSPCA NSW Inspectors found kennels housing British Bulldogs and French Bulldogs.
A veterinarian was called to the property to immediately examine several animals. The horse, two cats and sixteen Bulldogs were seized and transported by Inspectors for further veterinary treatment.
The dogs suffered a range of conditions including dry eye, cherry eye, glaucoma, ear infections, fly bitten ears, skin problems and overgrown nails. The cats had matted coats, flea burdens and one had conjunctivitis. The mare failed to respond to treatment for extreme starvation, multiple wounds and lameness and was euthanased on humane grounds.
During a recorded interview, the man made admissions that he was the person responsible for the care of the animals.
He was convicted of seven charges of animal cruelty: Failure to provide veterinary treatment for a horse (one charge), Failure to provide veterinary treatment for two cats (one charge), Failure to provide reasonable care to prevent an act of cruelty for two cats (one charge), Failure to provide veterinary treatment for 16 Bulldogs (two charges), Failure to provide reasonable care to prevent an act of cruelty for 13 Bulldogs (two charges).
The man was placed on two Section 9 five-year Good Behaviour Bonds and a prohibition order was enforced banning him owning more than eight animals for a period of five years. He was ordered to pay $70,000 in costs and $44,000 in vet/boarding costs.
All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulation