Saturday, March 30, 2013

'Hare' Care Week; Keep your chocolate stash safe this Easter


We've all been sneaking a few early bits of chocolate this Easter, which, of course, is ok in moderation for us hoomans. But it is definitely not ok for our furry friends, even if Sir Flufflington the Third gives you those puppy dog eyes begging for one little bite.

Chocolate contains cocoa and cocoa contains the compound Theobromine. Although most people only hear about chocolate being toxic to dogs, it is also toxic to cats and smaller animals, even our fluffy friend the Easter Bunny. The level of toxicity is dose-related, so depending on the size of the animal and the amount eaten it can effect them in different ways.

The symptoms of poisoning may include restlessness, excitement, hyperactivity, nervousness, trembling, vomiting, diarrhoea; increased drinking and increased urination; increased heart rate, muscle tremors, seizures and possibly death.

If your dog or pet has ingested chocolate (even a small amount) you should contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible for advice. Vets can usually treat chocolate poisoning by inducing vomiting and with supportive therapy in hospital but it is important to seek veterinary attention quickly. 

It is important not to give your pets any chocolate and to ensure they cannot accidentally access your chocolate stash, during Easter and at all times.

Read more about Theobromine on our knowledge base here.

'Hare' Care Week; Cream, Female, Rabbit


Oh hi there. I was just hopping past and saw you sitting there. My name's Cream.

I've been hanging out at the Sydney Shelter, looking for a family with a spot in their hearts and hutch to take me in. The volunteers and staff have been super nice here at the shelter, sneaking in a treat or two. I don't always take them of course, I am trying to watch my figure to make sure I'm in tip top condition for my new home.

They also make sure I don't spend too much time in the sun. With this beautiful white coat, comes great responsibility. Besides from the fact that I can use my beauty to get what I want, I also need to make sure I don't spend too much time in the sun. I'm hoping my new family is just as responsible and keep me safe.

If you want a fluffy friend 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 Cream a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday's Fluffy Friend; Bridget, Female, Rabbit


Oh hello! The name's Bridget, and it's an absolute pleasure to meet you.

I'm one of the few rabbits here at the Sydney Shelter, and although it's been an absolute blast I just can't wait to find something a bit more permanent. I've got to make sure I'm settled in before Sunday, I've got...uh... important rabbit things to do, wink wink.

Once I've finished all that hopping around on Sunday, I would absolutely love it if you could give me a cuddle and a scratch under my chin. That one spot always gets me kicking my left leg, and it's just like heaven! I'm a pretty smart little lady too; I even come when you call my name!

If you need a fluffy friend for life, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Tuggerah Care Centre,;T35 Tuggerah Supa Centa, Cnr Bryant Drive and Wyong Road, Tuggerah (02) 4351 3444

Adoptions:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00am – 5:30pm
Thursday - 9:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday - 10:00am 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 Bridget a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Aby, Female, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross Weimaraner


Herro! My name's Aby! Feel like a game of tug-o-war? Maybe a run in the park? A quick game of catch?

I have tons of energy to spend on running, playing and my family. If you're the kind of family to go adventuring on the weekend and explore your neighbourhood during the week, then I am your new favourite gal pal.

I may look like I'm all legs and action, but essentially I'm a lady at heart. I try my best to practise the manners I have learnt here at the shelter, like sitting before I eat and not jumping up on guests. I can sometimes forget, but if you're patient, you can help me work on my manners. Besides from being more lady like, I love learning as it keeps my brain just as active as my body.

If you're after an action packed lady, 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 Aby a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Taree Local Court


A local Bootawa woman appeared in Taree Local Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty involving five horses.

An RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to a property in Bootawa on Tuesday 25 October, 2012 in response to a complaint about several horses. On arrival the Inspector observed seven adult horses and two foals in poor body condition. On further inspection of the paddock areas of the property, the Inspector found what appeared to be skeletal remains of a horse. The Inspector determined that no one was home at the time so left notifications for the occupants to contact the RSPCA.

On Friday 2 November, 2012 the Inspector received a call from a female person who identified herself as the owner of the horses at the property. The Inspector advised the woman that her horses were to be seized on Monday 5 November.

On Monday 5 November, five horses were seized from the property and taken for veterinary treatment. Examination of the horses revealed them all to be underweight with some displaying evidence of lice and intestinal worm burdens.

The woman pleaded guilty to failing to provide proper and sufficient food and failing to provide veterinary treatment to the five horses. She was fined $4,000 and ordered to pay all associated costs totalling $13,769.55.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Caturday; Molly, Female, Domestic Medium Hair Cross


MEOW! Oh my gosh! I didn't see you there! My name's Molly and I've just arrived into Sydney.

I was hanging down around the coast, but sadly I wasn't able to find a family in the area. The lovely staff at the Shoalhaven shelter thought I might be able to find a new home up here in Sydney.

I'm a pretty happy little lady that is looking for a family that needs a fluffy purry cat in their lives. I'm pretty purry most of the time, but I go into purr overdrive when I get a belly rub!

You should come give me a hug. I'm hanging out at 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 Molly a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Find-A-Friend; Oscar, Male, Lhasa Apso Cross


Hi there, my name is Oscar and I'm hoping you want to be my friend.

I haven't really had a great start at life, my family kind of ignored me and I didn't get very many cuddles. All I really want is a home full of love, caring and understanding that I need time to settle into a family.

I'm still getting used to cuddles and adjusting to a normal family life. If we slowly get to know each other and build up each others trust, I'm sure we will be the best of friends. I have had a few doggy friends here down at the shelter, but would really like to meet a future house mate before I move in.

If you have space in your family for another friendly face, 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 Oscar a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Thursday, March 21, 2013

RSPCA RENEWS CALL FOR CCTV TO BE INSTALLED IN ALL ABATTOIRS


Following last night’s ABC Lateline investigation into horrific acts of animal cruelty at a NSW abattoir the RSPCA is once again calling for CCTV to be installed in all abattoirs.

“The vision we witnessed last night highlighted disturbing acts of animal cruelty and is a clear reminder of the need for CCTV to be installed in these facilities,” said David O’Shannessy, RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector.

“What goes on in abattoirs is too often out of sight and out of mind. Installing CCTV sends a strong signal to those people working with animals that animal welfare is of the highest priority and that cruelty will not be tolerated.

“I have no doubt staff within Ingham’s will be shocked and horrified, as we were, by the events that took place in this facility. Ingham’s undertaking to review its animal welfare standards and improve staff training is one step towards addressing this problem, but installing CCTV is a crucial tool in identifying poor practice and driving out cruelty and they should commit to this as part of their review process. 

“CCTV does not replace the need to hire people with the right attitude towards animals, provide comprehensive staff training and ensure good stockmanship. But it is an excellent means by which facility management and auditors can monitor compliance with standards and regulations relating to animal welfare.

“It allows problem areas to be identified and promptly addressed.

“The people identified in this footage are clearly unfit to work with animals and need to be investigated under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 No 200,” said Mr O’Shannessy.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Hornsby Local Court


A local Dural woman appeared in Hornsby Local Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty involving a German Shepherd crossbreed.

An RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to a property in Dural on Tuesday 5 June, 2013 in relation to a previous complaint about a horse. The Inspector heard dogs barking at the rear of the property and upon investigation found a male black and tan German Shepherd crossbreed with a severe skin condition. The Inspector asked the owner to bring the dog out to be examined.

The dog was in poor body condition with ribs, spine and hip bones prominent. He also had extensive hair loss around his eyes, neck, chest, legs, and over his back. The skin in these areas was red, thickened and had a strong smell of yeast. The dog constantly scratched and shook his head, indicating discomfort in the ears. Both ears were thickened and had a brown discharge. Live fleas were also seen crawling through his coat. The Inspector issued instructions for the owner to take the dog to a vet by for his skin, ears and weight. The owner complied and presented the dog to a vet on 9 June and again on 16 June.

On 31 August, the Inspector returned to find that the dog’s condition had deteriorated again with his waist sunken in, hip bones, ribs and spine very prominent. The dog’s skin was thickened and red and both ears had a crusty discharge. The dog was seized and taken for immediate veterinary treatment.

Veterinary examination revealed the dog to be underweight with a body score condition of 4/5 on the TUFTS Animal care and condition scales where 5 is emaciated and 1 is ideal. He also had narrowed ear canals with a severe bacterial infection and a hookworm burden.

The owner pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to provide proper and sufficient food and one charge of failing to provide veterinary treatment for a skin condition, bilateral ear infection and a hookworm burden. She was placed on an 18 month Good Behaviour Bond, ordered to pay $83 in Court costs and made an undertaking to the court that she would pay $2,231 in veterinary costs to the RPSCA.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Harold, Male, Jack Russell Terrier (Smooth) Cross



Rawf! Hi! My name's Harold and I am ready to fill the quiet halls of your house with love!

I came into the shelter a little lost, and I'm hoping my new family will keep me nice and close. I tend to get a little worried when my family leave me at home and I sometimes try to follow them on their adventures. I have a buddy here at the shelter that helps keep me calm, so I'm hoping my new house has a new buddy for me.

I absolutely love going for runs and then playing chasies in the off leash dog park. We could run and run and run some more, and I would still be ready to run another marathon. I'm hoping my new family and my fellow four legged friend has this kind of energy too.

If you need an energetic fur ball, 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 Harold a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Monday, March 18, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Campbelltown Local Court



This photograph was taken on day of seizure – 12 September, 2012

A local woman from Airds appeared in court on Thursday and was convicted of two offences of animal cruelty against a male Bull Terrier.

An RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to a property in Airds on Wednesday 12 September 2012 in response to a complaint about a dog on the premises. Upon arrival the Inspector observed two Staffordshire Terriers who were both in reasonable condition. A male Bull Terrier was found in a fenced off area and a serious injury to his front leg was clearly visible. The dog was unable to bear weight on the leg and was not using the leg to walk. The dog was seized for immediate veterinary attention.

An RSPCA veterinarian found that the dog had a swollen right elbow and multiple infected puncture wounds. An x-ray also revealed a possible old fracture and chronic infection of the bone.

The RSPCA interviewed the owner and it was revealed that the dog had been in a fight several months prior however was not taken to a vet. The owner attempted to treat the wounds herself however the dog was reinjured in another fight. The owner also admitted that she wanted to have the dog euthanased due to its aggression but nothing had been done to follow this through.

The owner was found guilty of failing to provide veterinary treatment and fined $1,500, ordered to pay veterinary costs of $1,170.50 and placed on a two year good behaviour bond.

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Fairfield Local Court


A Fairfield West man appeared in Fairfield Local Court last Tuesday and pleaded guilty to three charges of animal cruelty involving a male Bull Mastiff cross breed.

An RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to a property in Fairfield West on Tuesday 2 October in response to a complaint about two abandoned dogs. Upon arrival the Inspector observed two dogs; a male brindle Staffordshire Bull Terrier that was in reasonable body condition and a male Bull Mastiff cross breed that was in poor body condition with his ribs, spine, shoulder blades, hind leg bones and hip bones very prominent and his waist sunken in. The dogs head and eyes were also sunken and he was noticeably unsteady on his feet. The dog was seized and taken for immediate medical treatment.

Veterinary examination identified the dog to be emaciated with a body score of 5/5 on the TUFTS animal care and condition scales where five is emaciated and one is ideal. The dog’s weight was recorded at 16.8kgs and it was also suffering from diarrhoea and was very dehydrated. He also had copious flea and dirt burden, alopecia and an abscess under his neck. Whilst in RSPCA care the dog suffered a stroke and had to be humanely euthanased.

The Fairfield West man pleaded guilty to three charges of failing to provide proper food and vet treatment. He was fined $1,500, ordered to pay veterinary costs of $1,826.50 and Court costs of $83.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Saturday Dog Blog; Sasehnka, Female, Siberian Husky Cross Alaskan Malamute


HaroooOOooooOOoooo! My name's Sasehnka, or you can call me Sasha for short. Although that's the only thing short about me. I'm all legs, all fur and all love!

I've been hanging out at the Hunter Shelter looking for a family to share my life with. It's been a bit of a bumpy road so far, but I just know there is a family out there that wants to love me. The staff have even halved my adoption fee just for this weekend so that I can find a new home quicker!

I have a ton of energy, so would love a family that is really active and wants to bring me along  on their adventures. I'm also learning about this thing called "manners" here at the shelter. The staff tell me how good I am when I don't jump up and when I sit for food. If my new family does the same, I will definitely keep doing these "manners".

If you want a big ball of fuzz and love, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Hunter Shelter in Rutherford; 6-10 Burlington Place, Rutherford, (02) 4939 1555

Adoptions:

Monday to Wednesday: 9.30am to 3.30pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.30pm
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 Sasehnka a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Find-A-Friend; Bud, Male, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross


Rawf! My name's Bud and I just cannot stop grinning! There is a ton of us big boys here at Hunter and the staff have halved our adoption prices. I bet we will find a fur-ever family really quickly now.

I can't help but grin every time I see a person. I just keep thinking about what great friends we would be and the fun we would have checking out the country side together. Is that person you?

You know, I absolutely love a good walk with my family. Any time of the day and I'll be there waiting at the front door for another adventure to smell all the glorious smells out there. But I also kind of love the night times, when everyone is settled in, and I can relax at your feet, dreaming about all the wonderful things we have done.

If you want a furry friend for life, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Hunter Shelter in Rutherford; 6-10 Burlington Place, Rutherford, (02) 4939 1555

Adoptions:

Monday to Wednesday: 9.30am to 3.30pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.30pm
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 Bud a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Kogarah Local Court


A Bexley couple failed to appear in Kogarah Local Court last Friday and were convicted on five charges of animal cruelty involving a German Shepherd cross breed.

On 24 February, 2012 an RSPCA Ambulance was called to a Bexley address after reports of a dog in a wheelie bin.  Upon arrival a female black and tan German Shepherd cross breed was found emaciated, dehydrated and with severe fly bitten ears and live flea infestation curled up at the bottom of a closed wheelie bin. She was seized and taken for immediate veterinary attention.

RSPCA veterinarians found her to be severely underweight and given a body score of 5/5 based on the TUFTS Animal care and condition scale where five is emaciated and one is ideal. She also had severe muscle wastage over her hind limbs consistent with a degenerative joint disease. Both her ears were also severely fly bitten and she had a heavy infestation of live adult fleas.

RSPCA Inspectors returned to the area and spoke with a woman, suspected as the owner. She was shown a photo of the subject animal for identification.  At first instance the woman stated she only had a Husky dog.  However when shown the identification picture admitted that the subject animal was the family dog. The RSPCA spoke to her partner, who stated he was the owner of the subject animal and admitted responsibility for it. The woman denied any knowledge of how the dog ended up in the wheelie bin and advised that she did not even know it was missing.

Both the man and the woman failed to appear in Court so the matter was dealt with ex-parte. They were found guilty of five charges of animal cruelty, ordered to pay costs totaling $2,020.95 and banned from owning animals for five years. A warrant has been issued for their arrest.

After four weeks in RSPCA care the female German Shepherd weighed 21kg, an increase of 67% from her weight at seizure.

Upsize your pooch for half the price - RSPCA Hunter Shelter

Indy can't want to find her furever home

RSPCA Hunter Shelter today announced a special adoption drive for the dogs currently in its care. From Friday 15 March through to Monday 18 March all dogs available for adoption in the Shelter will be half price. This Saturday the Shelter will also host a family fun-day with a BBQ, ‘doggie’ bags and lucky door prizes.

“Following on from the success of our half price cat and kitten adoption drive, we’ve decided to extend this discount to the canines in our care,” commented Samantha Shanahan, RSPCA Hunter Shelter Manager.

“We are encouraging people to consider adopting medium and larger breed animals and adult dogs as they are particularly suited to active families, those who may already have a pet at home, or owners wanting an exercise buddy,” Shanahan added.

More mature dogs have many advantages making them the perfect family pet. Most have developed their own character, are house-trained, need less exercise, are less excitable and are often a good match for homes with existing pets. If matched well, an adult dog will take no time fitting into the existing family dynamic.

“At the Shelter our older and larger dogs are often the last to be adopted so we’re hoping that the generous people of the Hunter who have already given homes to so many of our cats and kittens can find room for some of our precious pooches too,” Shanahan concluded.

Fees for the Hunter Shelter half price dog adoption drive are as follows:
  • Adult dogs: $155
  • Puppies: $185
  • Defined Breed Adults: $210
  • Defined Breed Puppies: $285
  • Golden Oldies: $50
All dogs and puppies adopted from the RSPCA are desexed, microchipped, vet checked and vaccinated.

You can visit the RSPCA Hunter Shelter at 6-10 Burlington Place, Rutherford, Maitland 2320, or give them a call on 02 4939 1555. The shelter is open from 9.30am to 3.30pm everyday except Thursday.

If you would like to check out the dogs that are currently available at the Hunter Shelter, you can check out their profiles on Adoptapet.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Elvis, Male, Maltese Cross Miniature Poodle


My name is Elvis, and I'm all shook up... uh-huh-huh!

This fabulous fro may have contributed to my name, or it could be the constant spring I have in my step. I definitely have a zest for life, and I'm hoping to share that zest with my new family. I really love people and would love a family that wants to spend tons of time with me. We can go for walks, we can play games in the yard or we could just snuggle on the couch. I'm up for it all.

I play with the other dogs at the shelter here, but I want to be a little selfish and have you all to myself. Although if I have to share my love, I guess I can, but only with someone the same size or smaller than me. Those big dogs and those long legs make me a little worried sometimes.

If you want to love me tender, then you should come visit me at the RSPCA Shoalhaven Shelter at 114 Flatrock Road, Mundamnia, (02) 4429 3410

Adoptions:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am to 12.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am to 11.30pm
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 Elvis a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Caturday; Mama, Female, Domestic Short Hair Cross


Hi there. My name is Mama and you may remember seeing my face around here a few months ago.

I've been looking for a home since December last year, and although I had a lot of people come visit me after my last blog post, I haven't found a home yet.

I absolutely love being patted and getting belly rubs, and I always return the favour through purrs and head nudges. I have been told by my shelter buddy Ned that I am one of the loudest purrers around. It's just my way of saying thank you.

I really hope I can find a family that wants to spend time with me. Although I get along with some cats at the shelter, I am kind of a loner and would prefer my own space. Not to say I don't like hanging out with people, I love lazing around watching my family go about their daily chores.

If you need to wake up in the morning to the adoring purrs of your cat, 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, March 8, 2013

Friday Find-A-Friend; Memphis, Male, Mastiff Cross


Howdy partner. My name's Memphis, and I'm kind of a country boy looking for a life in the big city.

I was hanging out in one of the country shelters and wasn't able to find myself a family. I'm hoping that the big move to the city will help me find a family and a home for me to put up these dusty paws up. These paws are most definitely dusty, as I am on them all day, running, playing and mucking around. I'm hoping my new family will love a good long walk in the evening air just as much as me.

There is nothing like a long day of playing, followed by a night of hanging out with your family. I love nightly cuddles with the family; it makes me realise just how much I love my family. I just can't wait to find that love again; I'm just hoping there is a city slicker out there for me.

You city folk should come visit me at 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 Memphis a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Hornsby Local Court


A local Kirribilli woman failed to appear in Hornsby Local Court yesterday afternoon and was convicted on four charges of animal cruelty involving two horses.

On Monday 19 November, 2012 an RSPCA Inspector was called to a property in Galston in relation to a complaint about two abandoned horses. Upon arrival the Inspector located two horses, a chestnut Arab Gelding and a Brown Standard-bred mare; both were in good body condition. The horses were contained in a small paddock, which was bare with no grass for grazing. The only water supply was a bath tub which required filling with a hose. 

The Inspector fed and watered both animals and secured the gate to the main paddock, leaving behind RSPCA notifications. Four subsequent visits over three days were made to the property and no further evidence was found that the animals were being provided food or water so both horses were seized by the RSPCA. Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, animals are required to be provided with food and water at least every 24 hours.  It was proven with RSPCA stickers that the animals had not been attended to for 72 hours.

The woman failed to appear in Court and was convicted ex-parte and fined $3,000 for failing to provide proper and sufficient food to both horses and another $1,000 for failing to provide sufficient water to both horses. She was also ordered to pay $4,980 in veterinary costs and $83 in Court costs. Custody of both horses was granted to the RSPCA.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Jesse, Female, Fox Terrier Cross Border Collie


Hi, my name's Jesse and I'm finally ready to find a new home.

I came into the shelter because my old family didn't have any time for me. As much as I wanted to hang out with them, they were just too busy. It made me a little unsure about people for a while, but the lovely staff at the shelter have taught me how to trust again.

Because I've had a bit of a bumpy upbringing, I can be a little quiet when I first meet people or I'm taken somewhere new. It's not because I don't like you, I'm just unsure of new things. Once I settle in a bit, my true colours come out and I am a bouncy happy girl.

I would love a family that wants to spend time with me, whether it be playing around the yard or snuggling at your feet while you watch TV. I just want to find someone that will love me as much as I love them.

If you want a sweet little lady 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 Jesse a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Sunday, March 3, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Nowra Local Court


An East Nowra woman failed to appear in Nowra Local Court on Friday, 1st March, and was convicted on three charges of animal cruelty involving a female Wolfhound and her pups and one charge of obstruction of officers in the course of their duty. A warrant for her arrest was issued by the Court.

On Tuesday 2 October, 2012 two RSPCA Inspectors attended a property in East Nowra in relation to a complaint and observed a female Wolfhound-cross dog in poor body condition, with hips and ribs prominent. A rotten smell emanated from the mother dog and she also displayed signs of flea burden. The dog was tethered to a tree by a four-metre length of chain. 

The mother was suckling five pups approximately five days old. The pups were lying in dirt and covered with a dirty blanket.

Inspectors informed the owner that the mother and her pups were to be seized at which time the woman became aggressive and demanded they leave the property. After refusing to hand over the animals, Police were called and the mother and her pups were placed in the rear of an RSPCA vehicle and taken for veterinary treatment.

Examination revealed the mother to be severely underweight with a body condition of 1 out of 5. She also had a uterine infection, severe flea burden and a faecal test showed positive for hookworm. The pups were in good body condition.

The woman did not appear in Court today so the matter was dealt with ex parte. On the three charges of failing to provide veterinary treatment she was found guilty and a section 25 warrant was issued for her arrest. To the charge of obstructing the RSPCA officers she was found guilty, fined $1,000, ordered to pay costs of $14,842.14 and custody of the mother and five pups was awarded to RSPCA.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

CATURDAY; Sylvester, Male, Domestic Short Hair Cross



I am sweeter than honey and softer than a teddy bear. My name is Sylvester the sweet, and I'm looking for my fur-ever home.

I adore anyone that is willing to give me a cuddle, and I fall in love with everyone that gives me a belly rub. I could think of nothing nicer than lounging on your lap, and have my belly rubbed until I fall asleep.

I'm a pretty quiet kind of guy really. I'm currently hanging out with another quiet guy here at the Shelter whom I really get along with. The cat in the cage over is a nice guy too, so I'm sure I will get along with another cat if we get the time to get to know each other.

If you want a fluffy friend 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 Sylvester a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday Find-A-Friend; Sarge, Male, Smooth Hair Guinea Pig


Nibble nibble nibble... hmm? Oh hello! My name's Sarge, and in between nibbles I am looking for a new home to call my own.

I have been looking for a family for a little while, and haven't quite found the right one. Not that I'm picky, I just think people forget about us little guys. We are just as fun and love cuddles as much as the cats and dogs here, and we definitely have as much love to give.

I don't ask for much from my family. Just some fabulous tasting grass and hay, some pellets and fruits and vegetables. Not too much though; I may be a guinea pig, but I'm not planning on becoming a proper pig!

If you're after a little friend with lots of love, 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 Sarge a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

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ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Windsor Local Court


A Glossodia woman appeared in Windsor Local Court and pleaded guilty to one charge of animal cruelty and was found guilty of ten additional charges of animal cruelty after a Court hearing yesterday afternoon.

An RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to a property in Glossodia on 5 January 2012 and observed seven goats, ten adult dogs, five puppies, sixteen cats and five birds. This was in contravention of a prohibition order that was placed against the woman by Windsor Local Court on 28 October 2011. Several of the animals observed were severely matted.

Inspectors visited the property on two further occasions issuing instructions that ownership of the animals must be confirmed within 7 days. Further notification was left requesting contact. On 15 March 2012, Inspectors attended the address again and seized 29 animals after no contact was received from the woman or any other persons in relation to the ownership of the animals. Whilst in RSPCA care one of the dogs gave birth to six puppies.

Inspectors again attended the address on 4 April 2012 leaving notification requesting contact in relation to the custody of the animals and received no response.

The Glossodia woman was convicted of all offences and was sentenced as follows:
  • To the charge of failing to comply with a prohibition order, she was fined $700.00;
  • To the charge of failing to provide veterinary treatment for a dog she was given a six month suspended prison sentence on the condition she be of good behaviour and she not purchase, acquire or have in her possession or custody any animal;
  • To six further charges of failing to provide veterinary treatment to 7 dogs, 1 puppy, 9 cats and 3 kittens and to the charge of failing to exercise reasonable care to prevent an act of cruelty to a dog, she was given a three year good behaviour bond and ordered not to purchase, acquire or have in her possession or custody any animal;
  • To the charge of failing to provide veterinary treatment to two cats she was given a five month suspended prison sentence on the condition that she be of good behaviour and she not purchase, acquire or have in her possession or custody any animal; and
  • To the charge of failing to provide veterinary treatment to a 5 week old kitten she was given a three year good behaviour bond and she must not purchase, acquire or have in her possession or custody any animal
The woman was also ordered to pay veterinary costs of $15,687.73, professional costs of $10,281.00 and was placed on a 10 year prohibition order.