Thursday, January 31, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Bankstown Local Court


All photographs taken on day of seizure - 23 January 2012

On Thursday 24 January, 2013, a local Lidcombe woman appeared in Bankstown Local Court and pleaded guilty to three charges of animal cruelty.

A RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to a property in Lidcombe on 23 January 2012 to investigate a complaint regarding a female bull terrier with an injured leg. Upon arrival the RSPCA Inspector observed that the dog was unable to stand or place weight upon its left hind leg. Swelling was also visible around the left hind leg and hip.

Contact was made with the owner who returned home to speak with the RSPCA Inspector. Shortly thereafter the dog in question was surrendered to the RSPCA and removed from the premises for urgent medical treatment.

Veterinary examination confirmed severe swelling to the animal’s left hip and thigh, blood spots and scabbing consistent with fly bite, greasy skin folds and inflamation of the vulval region, flea burden and a depressed mental state. The attending veterinarian was forced to euthanase the dog due to its poor condition. A post mortem further confirmed extensive abscessation and damaged tissues consistent with prolonged infection.

The owner appeared in Bankstown Local Court and entered a plea of guilty. She was found guilty of three charges of failing to provide veterinary treatment and was placed on a two year good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $2,400 in fines and $381.22 for veterinary and professional costs. 


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Charlie, Male, Mastiff Cross


Hello! Hi! How you doing? What's happening? My name's Charlie, and I am oh so happy to meet you!

I really love people, especially if they may be my new family. I love when I get visitors or when we are going out for walks and I get to meet new friends. I haven't met too many other dogs yet, but would love to meet more so I know how to act around them.

I have learnt a few manners at the shelter and I always get excited when I get it right. I hope in my new home we keep learning things together. I also hope that we have plenty of time to play together, followed by a big snooze and cuddle in front of the TV.

If you want a buddy for life, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (02) 9770 7555

Adoptions:

Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays

View my Adopt-a-pet page here
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At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Charlie a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Caturday; Midnight, Female, Domestic Short Hair Cross


Purrrr.... my name is Midnight and it's lovely to meet you.

I came to the shelter from a very packed house. There were heaps of cats and dogs living there and I wasn't getting much attention from my owner. Now that I'm at the shelter, I know there is a family out there that will give me lots of pats and love.

I would really like a quieter house, with a family that likes to spend lazy Sundays relaxing at home. I love nothing more than being able to sit on a warm lap while my family watches television. Although I don't really play anymore, I would like a few toys at home to keep me entertained while the family is out.

If you have a space in your hearts for me, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (02) 9770 7555

Adoptions:

Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays

View my Adopt-a-pet page here
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At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Midnight a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

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Friday Find-A-Friend; Dora, Female, Australian Kelpie


G'day! My name is Dora the little Australian Kelpie explorer.

I came into the Dubbo Shelter after I got lost and couldn't find my way home. I couldn't find a family in Dubbo and I'm hoping I'll find one from Sydney Shelter.

I love getting out and about and discovering our country. I have plenty of energy and love nothing more then going for long daily walks or adventuring on the weekend. I'm a typical Australian, who loves the country as much as a frolic on the beach. I get along with most dogs too; so if you have another furry fellow at home, I would love to meet them for a play date.

If you need a true blue Aussie gal in your house, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (02) 9770 7555

Adoptions:

Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays

View my Adopt-a-pet page here
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At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Dora a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Microchip your best mate before Australia Day


RSPCA NSW today reminded Aussies to microchip their furry best mates ahead of the Australia Day celebrations with an influx of animals expected to arrive in Shelters over the public holiday weekend due to celebratory fireworks. RSPCA NSW is also encouraging anyone who has moved house recently to update their pet’s microchip details so that a speedy reunion can be facilitated should they come into RSPCA care.

“People move house frequently and update their utilities, banking and other addresses but often forget to update their pet’s microchip information,” said Dr. Magdoline Awad, Chief Veterinarian, RSPCA NSW. “As a result it often takes longer to reunite animals with their owners when they come into our care,” Awad added.

Hundred of animals found their way into the care of RSPCA NSW as a result of New Year’s Eve fireworks and a similar influx is expected over the Australia Day weekend with celebrations planned in many communities.

If your pet flees from fireworks, having up-to-date microchip information is the best way to ensure a speedy reunion.

The easiest way to change your contact details is to search http://www.petaddress.com.au/ using your pet’s microchip number.  Petaddress will redirect you to the database that lists your pet’s microchip number so that you may contact them directly.  Some registries provide Change of Address forms on their websites.

You can also update your details by visiting your local council.

Animal owners whose pets go missing over the long weekend are encouraged to follow these steps to try to find them:
  • Check with your neighbours – sometimes animals will be picked up by those close to your home
  • Post to social media - one of your friends or followers may have seen your missing pet
  • Call your local RSPCA Shelter – with most pounds closed over the long weekend many animals will find their way into the care of the RSPCA
  • Speak with your veterinarian – sometimes lost animals will be taken to clinics if injured
Preventing your pets from escaping due to fireworks-related noise is the best way of ensuring their safety this Australia Day.

If you can, it’s best to stay home with your pet and provide them with a comfortable environment and engage them in normal activities.  If you won’t be home, make sure your pets are safe, secure and comfortable – bring them indoors, if possible.

Five Tips from RSPCA NSW to Help Reduce Fireworks Fear
  1. Ensure your pets are exercised and well fed before fireworks commence
  2. Keep your animals indoors, in a safe and comfortable environment
  3. Leave the TV or radio on to mask out the sound of fireworks
  4. Wherever your pet may be, remove any sharp objects that might cause injury to a panicking animal
  5. If your pet is particularly prone to fireworks panic, stay at home with them
Speak with your veterinarian if your pet is prone to unmanageable anxiety due to fireworks.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Omo, Male, Irish Wolfhound Cross


Rawf! My name's Omo. Are you ready for a run, maybe a play or even a small game of tug a war?

I've got tons of energy and I absolutely love when I get to use it all. I really want to find an equally fit and a fantastic family to match my energy levels. If you're the sort of family to go adventuring on the weekends and enjoy long walks each night , then I'm definitely your four legged friend for life.

I also love training with the Animal Attendants at the shelter here. I already know how to sit, but I know there are heaps more things that we could learn together. I'm also still getting used to walking on a lead, but with time, I know we can master it together.

If you need a whole lot of love and energy in your house, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (02) 9770 7555

Adoptions:

Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays

View my Adopt-a-pet page here
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At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Omo a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Caturday; Mama, Female, Domestic Short Hair Cross


Good Meowing! My name is Mama, the sweet little cat you have been looking for.

I came into the shelter after I got a little lost and sadly my old family never came to pick me up. I may have had a bumpy start to my life, but I know there is a loving family out there for me.

I absolutely adore people and snuggle up to them every chance I get. I do need time to get to know you, but once I do, I will be keeping your laps and hearts warm. I love a gentle pat and lots of belly rubs; they make me purr for hours.

I have met a few other cats at the shelter here, and although we get along, I would prefer to be the only cat in the house. I'm not opposed to making friends, but it will take some time before we are besties.

If you need a sweet Mama cat in your lives, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (02) 9770 7555

Adoptions:

Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays

View my Adopt-a-pet page here
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At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Mama a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday Find-A-Friend; Alfie, Male, Domestic Short Hair Cross



Hello again. We have met before, but in case you forgot, my name is Alfie.

In case you don't remember, I was featured on the blog in October last year in the hopes that someone may have a fur-ever home for me. Well, I've been at the shelter for over 188 days now and still haven't found one. I know there is a family out there for me; we just need to find each other.

I'm not a bad kitty, in fact, I'm a bit of a smoocher. I love hanging around with people, giving them loving head nudges and be able to chill out together on lazy Sundays.

I'm still a big ol' kitten at heart. I can spend hours and hours playing with all the little fluffy toys, pieces of string and jumping around my scratching post. I play with all the toys here at the shelter and hope my new home is filled with just as many.

If you think you have a place in your home and family for me, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (02) 9770 7555

Adoptions:

Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays

View my Adopt-a-pet page here
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At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Alfie a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

RSPCA Care Centre Tuggerah Turns Seven...in Dog Years!


The RSCPA’s Care Centre in Tuggerah this Friday celebrates its first birthday and is planning a birthday fun-day to mark the occasion with face painting, cake decorating, a colouring competition and product discounts.

The RSPCA Care Centre was opened in January 2012 and boasts highly-skilled staff, an adoption centre, grooming facility and retail outlet.  Animals available for adoption include cats, dogs, kittens, puppies, birds and pocket pets.

“Since its opening in January 2012, the Tuggerah Care Centre has found new homes for over 500 animals – that’s more than one animal each day that it has been open which is an awesome achievement and speaks volumes to the generosity of the local community,” said Jodie Eldridge, RSPCA Care Centre Manager, Tuggerah.

To mark the occasion the Care Centre is having a school-holiday birthday fun-day. There will be face painting, a cake decorating station where kids can purchase a cupcake and decorate it themselves and all children purchasing a cupcake will receive a half price milkshake in the café.

Additionally, all those who have adopted an animal over the last year are invited back to receive a discount on their next dog grooming and kids can enter a colouring competition to win a $50 voucher to spoil their pet in the Care Centre.

Birthday Fun-Day Details:

What: RSPCA Care Centre Tuggerah
Where: T35 Tuggerah Supa Centa, Cnr Wyong Road and Bryant Drive, Tuggerah
When: Friday 18 January, 2012 from 9am – 4pm

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Candy, Female, German Shepherd Cross Labrador Retriever


Hey there! My name is Candy and I am the sweet face you have been looking for.

I came into the shelter after my last family couldn't take me with them to their new home. It was really sad, but I bet there is a permanent family out there for me. Since coming into the shelter, I was able to go into foster care and live with a foster mum and another little dog. We get along really well, and go for walks together all the time.

I really love spending time with my foster mum during the day when she is home. I really love being able to spend time with my family, it makes me really happy to be near them. When she is out, I love a good frolic in the grass and a good sun bake, but it's always exciting when she is home again.

If you need a little Candy in your lives, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (02) 9770 7555

Adoptions:
Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm

Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays 
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At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Candy a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!
 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Caturday; Smoky, Female, Domestic Longhair Cross


Hi, my name is Smoky. I don't normally like making a big deal of myself; I'm a pretty quiet lady.

I don't really say much, and tend to enjoy the quieter things in life. I like just chilling out on the sofa, and getting gentle pats from my family. Because of all this hair, I also like a regular brush to keep my hair looking it's best.

I know I said I was quiet, but I do still have a bit of kitten in me. If I see any toys, especially bouncy balls, I can go a little kitten crazy! I could bat them around all day, zooming across the floor after it, smacking it again and starting the chase all over again.

If you need a little fluffy lady in your life, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (02) 9770 7555

Adoptions:
Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays 
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At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Smoky a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Friday, January 11, 2013

Franklin's Friends; Taylor, Female, Staffordshire Bull Terrier



Hi! My name is Franklin and this is my friend Taylor the magnificent.

If you have seen her adopt a pet profile, you will under why she is very magnificent. Taylor is one of the most amazing dogs I have ever met. She is always full of beans, and ready to go at the drop of a hat. Combined with all that energy, she also has plenty of love to give to everyone she meets.

She always comes bounding up to greet you and she makes you feel very welcome. She is slowly learning to greet you with a smile rather than a big jump on top of you though. She has also been learning a few other manners at the shelter, and I know she loves it when she gets it right. Nothing is better than a pat on the head and a congratulatory hug!

If you want to meet the magnificent Taylor, then you can find and adopt her from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (02) 9770 7555

Adoptions:
Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays 
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At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Taylor a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

And it’s during Christmas that marks one of the toughest times for our animals and staff alike at the shelters. Not only must we manage an influx of animals but also conditions are extraordinarily challenging. Hot days and humidity mean our animals need more attention. So all the creature comforts we can get make a world of difference to animals in our care.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Plan your pet's survival during bushfires


RSPCA NSW is urging the public to ensure that animals are included in their bushfire evacuation plans with extreme temperatures and catastrophic fire conditions expected to continue across the State for the rest of the week.

“Planning ahead and ensuring that your animals are included in your evacuation plans is crucial,” said Steve Coleman, RSPCA NSW CEO.  “Often, people have no choice but to leave their animals behind because they’ve not included their pets as part of their evacuation plan.”

Bushfire survival plans should include separate strategies to care for companion animals and livestock.

RSPCA NSW’s companion animal evacuation checklist:
  • Have carry boxes (for smaller pets), leads (for dogs) and halters (for horses) readily accessible – if possible, familiarise pets with boxes and leads in advance so they become more comfortable with them 
  • Ensure pets wear collars and tags at all times – tags should include the animal’s name, owner’s name and phone number 
  • Always have a secondary contact number on the ID tag or microchip record – a home phone won’t be answered in an evacuation 
  • Ensure pets are microchipped and registered with your local council, as required under NSW law
    Prepare an emergency pet supply kit – food and water (remember to pack a can opener if feeding canned food), food and water bowls, kitty litter and litter tray for cats, medication, blankets and towels 
  • Keep current photos of your pets and a detailed description of them, in the event they become lost 
  • If pets should become lost during an emergency, contact the RSPCA for helpful tips on how to locate them
  • Appoint a backup person – possibly a trustworthy neighbour – who can implement your evacuation plan in your absence 
RSPCA NSW’s livestock preparedness checklist:
  • Preparing and maintaining fuel-reduced areas onto which livestock can be moved and held 
  • Have emergency supplies of fodder and water available
For more information on animal welfare in emergencies, visit: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/emergency

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Caturday; Vivian, Female, Domestic Short Hair Crossbreed

 

Hi there! My name is Vivian, and it's really nice to meet you. I've been at the Tweed Heads Adoption Centre since August 2010, and met so many lovely people, but I am yet to meet my fur-ever family. I don't know why I haven't found my home yet, as I've been told I'm a super lovely girl. Oh well, I bet 2013 is my year to shine!

As you can probably tell, I really like chatting and letting everyone know how I am going. My foster mum could tell you all about how I greeted her at the door each afternoon to chat about all the interesting things that happened.

I also like to hang out with my family, whether it be on the couch watching TV, doing a bit of gardening outside or helping you read your favorite book in bed. I also like to play with toys, especially when my family gets involved. When someone throws a little toy ball, I can't help but go scrambling after it!

If you have a home in need of the worlds most interesting cat, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA NSW Tweed Heads Adoption Centre in Tweed Heads; 48 Boyd St, Tweed Heads, 2485, (07) 5536 5135.

Adoptions:
Open 7 days a week
9:30am to 4:00pm
Closed on Public Holidays

View my Adopt-A-Pet page here
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At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Franklin a happier, safer Christmas.

And it’s during Christmas that marks one of the toughest times for our animals and staff alike at the shelters. Not only must we manage an influx of animals but also conditions are extraordinarily challenging. Hot days and humidity mean our animals need more attention. So all the creature comforts we can get make a world of difference to animals in our care.

Donate now

Friday, January 4, 2013

GONE IN SIX MINUTES! Heatwave weekend no time to leave pets in hot cars


RSPCA NSW is warning pet owners around the state not to leave dogs – or any animal for that matter – unattended in vehicles during predicted high temperatures this weekend. It is also cautioning owners against taking animals out for exercise or other strenuous activities during temperature extremes.

“We warn people every year,” said RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David OShannessy. “Yet as soon as the weather heats up, the calls start pouring in.”

Cars parked in the sun can reach temperatures in excess of 80° Celsius, and can remain dangerously hot even if the windows are left slightly open. 

It only takes six minutes for an animal to die from heat stroke.

“Cars left stationary in the sun become ovens.  Ute trays also become extremely hot, so even those working on building sites with their dogs in the back need to pay particular attention to their animals during the hot weather,” said OShannessy.

There are serious fines and possible prison sentences for these offences:

- If a dog suffers as a result of being left in a car, the maximum penalty is $5,500 and can carry a six-month prison sentence.
- If a dog dies as a result of being left in a car, the maximum penalty is $22,000 and can carry a two-year prison sentence.

Members of the public are urged to contact local police or RSPCA NSW on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589) if they see a stressed animal left in a car.

Franklin's Friends; Winston, Male, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Crossbreed


 

Hi there! My name is Franklin, and this is my friend Winston, the super smiley staffie cross!

Winston is a really social kind of guy, always making friends in the dog park and finding someone the play with. He loves being around people too, and definitely wants to be a part of an active family. If you like running and mucking around in the outdoors, then Winston is going to be your go to guy.

At the shelter, you rarely catch Winston without a toy in his mouth. He loves playing with all the toys here, and loves chew toys to keep him entertained when he is by himself. If Winston has to left at home, he will love a few toys scattered around the yard to keep him busy until you are back home again.

If you want a super friendly dog, then you really need to meet Winston. You can find and adopt Winston from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (02) 9770 7555

Adoptions:
Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays 
________________________________________________________________________

At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Franklin a happier, safer Christmas.

And it’s during Christmas that marks one of the toughest times for our animals and staff alike at the shelters. Not only must we manage an influx of animals but also conditions are extraordinarily challenging. Hot days and humidity mean our animals need more attention. So all the creature comforts we can get make a world of difference to animals in our care.

Donate now