Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: Scottish Terriers left in terrible condition by Inverell woman

An Inverell woman appeared in Inverell Local Court on Friday to face four charges of animal cruelty against two dogs in her care. The woman pleaded guilty and was convicted on all charges, fined and ordered to report to local Police for fingerprinting.

On Wednesday 17 October 2012, RSPCA NSW received a complaint about two Scottish Terrier dogs in a laneway in Inverell. The complainant was so concerned about the welfare of the two dogs that they took them to a local veterinarian for immediate treatment.

On Thursday 18 October, an RSPCA NSW Inspector attended a property adjoining the laneway and spoke with the woman. During this conversation the woman admitted ownership and responsibility of the two dogs.

The Inspector then attended the veterinary clinic where the two dogs were being treated and found them both to be severely dehydrated, emaciated, anaemic, matted and itching with hairless areas all over their bodies due to the dogs chewing their own skin.

The two dogs were temporarily delivered to the Gwydir Park Animal Refuge before the woman surrendered them to RSPCA NSW on Friday 19 October.

The Inverell woman was convicted of four charges of animal cruelty, fined $400 and placed on a 12-month Good Behavour Bond. She was also ordered to report to Inverell Police for fingerprinting and banned from owning more than one dog for a period of five years.

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