Saturday, August 31, 2013

Caturday; Simba, Male, Domestic Short Hair Crossbreed


Oh hai there hooman! I've been named after one of the most majestic lions out there, Simba!

Although I may look like a big lion, I'm actually a softie at heart. I absolutely adore people and will climb into your lap and demand cuddles and kisses. I haven't had much in the past, so if there is an opportunity, I will literally jump at the chance.

I love being a part of the family, so if you could put a bed next to your computer desk or a scratching post in the living room, I can hang out with you guys. If you're not too busy watching the TV, I also like playing chase games or discovering games. You know, hide the food in the box, and then I can pretend I am stalking. You should try it sometime, it's tons of fun!

If you would like a majestic man to join your herd, then come meet me at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter. The address is: 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, or call (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 Simba a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Friday, August 30, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: Custodial sentence for horse handler found guilty of aggravated cruelty


A local Box Hill man appeared in Windsor Local Court on Thursday 29 August 2013 and was sentenced after pleading guilty to six charges of animal cruelty against four horses, and being found guilty on two charges of animal cruelty against a mare and a foal. He was convicted, fined and received a seven month custodial sentence and a prohibition order.

On 25 May 2012 an RSPCA NSW Inspector attended a Vineyard property in relation to concerns over horses in poor condition. During this attendance six horses and two foals were sighted and a notification was left asking the accused to contact the RSPCA.

On 29 May the RSPCA returned to the paddock after failing to hear from the accused and found that the RSPCA notifications had been removed. Inspectors returned the next day to find the horses had been removed.  Inspectors located the horses in a paddock in Schofields and after confirming they were the horses in question, Inspectors seized the four due to their poor body condition, with ribs, hip bones and spines visible. Veterinary examination showed the horses to have a body score of 2 (based on the Huntington condition scales where 0 is emaciated and 5 is very fat), one had a moderate parasite burden and all required dental work.

On 18 August 2012, an RSPCA Inspector attended the Vineyard property in response to a complaint regarding a mare and foal in poor body condition. The Inspector found a pinto colt, a palomino mare and a dark brown grey foal on the property. The mare was in poor body condition and the foal was in very poor body condition, with the foal unsteady on its legs and a pussy looking wound on its right hindquarter.

On 19 August 2012, the RSPCA attended the paddock in the company of a horse handler. The mare and foal were caught and seized for their condition and the foal’s injury.

After veterinary examination the filly was given a body score of 0.5. The filly also had a long winter coat which was unkempt. Tests revealed the filly had a reduced caloric intake for at least a period of two months before presentation and an extremely heavy parasite burden for at least a period of two months before presentation and required veterinary treatment. The heavy parasite burden contributed to her poor body condition. X-rays of the filly’s right hind-limb revealed a catastrophic femoral fracture, with complete displacement of the femoral head and acetabulum (hip socket). The prognosis for this catastrophic fracture was hopeless and the filly was humanely euthanased.

The Box Hill man pleaded GUILTY and was convicted of eight charges of animal cruelty, fined $7,860 in court fees, $17,996.93 in vet & boarding coats $10,500 in professional fees and received a seven month custodial sentence (non-parole period of five months and seven days), and a five year prohibition on all animals.

List of charges
  • Failure to provide proper and sufficient food  (two charges)
  • Failure to provide vet treatment – worm burden (two charges)
  • Failure to provide vet treatment – dental (one charge)
  • Failure to provide vet treatment – wound (one charge)
  • Failure to provide veterinary treatment – heavy parasite burden (one charge)
  • Aggravated cruelty (one charge)

Friday Find-A-Friend; Sahara, Female, Australian Kelpie Crossbreed



Hey there! My name's Sahara and it's so super dooper amazingly awesome to meet you!

Today is a great day! You know why? Because it's another day, full of sun, grass and the chance that I could meet my furever family. I really love life and all that it has to offer. I guess you could say I'm a pretty happy and excitable lady, but I just say I have a zest for life.

I would love if my family was as 'zesty' as me! I love going for morning and afternoon jogs, exploring the dog park, checking out the dog beach and going on adventures around town. I don't mind hanging out in the backyard, but I really love being able to hang out with my family.

If you need an energetic mate to keep up with you, then come visit me at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter. The address is: 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, or call (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 Sahara a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Peaches, Female, Domestc Short Hair


Hi there. My name is Peaches and I'm looking for a furever home.

I've been at the shelter for about 150 days, and it's beginning to feel like there is no home out there for me. That's not to say I'm not still looking for a family, I'm just getting a little sad living here all by myself. I came from a home where I lived with another cat and we got along great, enjoying our quiet lives together. I really miss the company.

I can sometimes be a little scared when I first meet people. Once I get to know you and recognise your smell, you will be greeted by my little mew at the door when you get home. I'm generally a sweet older lady that loves people. They give really good chin scratches and make excellently warm seats.

If you want to give me a chance to warm your hearts, I'm at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter. The address is: 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, or call (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
_________________________________________________________________

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 Peaches a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: Mastiff left to starve in Mount St Thomas


Photo left, taken on day of seizure. Photo right taken after 14 days in RSPCA care (8.5kg weight gain).

A local Mount St Thomas man appeared in Wollongong Local Court on the 8th August 2013 and pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty against a male Mastiff crossbreed dog in his care. The man was convicted, fined and custody of the dog was awarded to RSPCA NSW.

On Monday 6 May 2013, an RSPCA Inspector was called to a property in Mount St Thomas in response to a complaint about a dog. Inspectors had attended the premises previously and left instructions with the owner regarding the body condition of the dog.

No one was home so Inspectors left a notification for the owner to contact the RSPCA.

On Monday 20 May 2013, Inspectors returned to the property and observed the dog’s condition to have deteriorated. He was immediately seized and taken for veterinary treatment.

Repeated attempts by both RSPCA Inspectors and NSW Police to contact the owner went unanswered.

In the first 14 days of RSPCA care the dog’s body weight increased by 8.5kgs.

The man pleaded GUILTY and was convicted on both charges, one failure to provide sufficient food and failure to provide veterinary treatment. He was ordered to pay $2,117.60 in professional fees and $6,000 in fines. Custody of the dog was awarded to RSPCA NSW.

Following expiration of the appeal period he will be available for adoption from the RSPCA Illawarra Shelter Unanderra.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Jace, Male, Australian Cattle Dog Crossbreed


Hiya! My name is Jace and you may remember this face!

I have been on a few television shows and in the paper as well! I'm really well behaved and the team at the shelter are trying to find me the perfect family. You see, I need a ton of exercise every day and plenty of mental stimulation. I have learnt quite a few things while being at the Sydney Shelter.

I've played with other dogs before and while we may get along for a bit, I can sometimes have too much energy for them to handle. If I move to my furever home by myself, I would love to have plenty of toys to play with to keep my occupied during the day.

If you have a spot in your busy family for me, I'm at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona at the moment so come down and we can meet up! Call (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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The sweetest day of the year is RSPCA Cupcake Day, the 18th August.

By registering, baking and fundraising for Cupcake Day for the RSPCA, you will be part of an exceptional group of supporters who understand the importance of pets in our lives.

Your cupcakes will help rescue a neglected pony, provide emergency surgery to an injured kitten and give surrendered animals like Jace a home.

Sign up now

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Caturday; Pushkin, Female, Domestic Medium Hair Crossbreed


Hooman, prepare yourself to meet the worlds most beautiful cat.

My name is Pushkin and I am beautiful. But beauty is not the only skill that I posses. I am also an excellent purr machine, able to purr at the lightest touch and continue this for several minutes, even hours.

But, I cannot do all of these amazing things alone. I need a hooman that will brush me and look after my coat. They must also cuddle me and give me lots of love. Together, you and I can continue being amazing.

Need a little amazement in your life? Come meet 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
________________________________________________________________________

The sweetest day of the year is RSPCA Cupcake Day, the 18th August.

By registering, baking and fundraising for Cupcake Day for the RSPCA, you will be part of an exceptional group of supporters who understand the importance of pets in our lives.

Your cupcakes will help rescue a neglected pony, provide emergency surgery to an injured kitten and give surrendered animals like Pushkin a home.

Sign up now

Friday, August 16, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: Matraville woman leaves dog to suffer with broken leg


A local Matraville woman failed to appear in Waverley Local Court on Tuesday to answer one charge of animal cruelty against a male Staffordshire crossbreed dog in her care. The woman was convicted ex-parte, fined and custody of the dog was awarded to RSPCA NSW.

On Monday the 22 April 2013 an RSPCA Inspector received information regarding a dog that had been taken to a vet clinic with severe leg injuries on the 12 April 2013. The dog was treated at the clinic, however the clinic then had difficulty organising with the woman to collect him.

Council Rangers took the dog back to the woman on 17 April 2013 and advised her that the dog would need further veterinary examination and treatment every two days.

On Wednesday 24 April 2013, after numerous phone calls confirming that the dog had not been taken to the vet, RSPCA Inspectors attended the woman's property and seized the dog, taking it for immediate veterinary treatment.

The examining veterinarian found the dog to be lame on his right front leg. His right front paw was swollen and red and the skin on the upper surface was inflamed and weeping, consistent with extensive licking of the area.

Radiographs obtained from this dog’s treating vet revealed fractures to two metacarpal bones on his right front leg. The obvious pain in the dog’s leg and foot made him to remove his support bandage, traumatising his paw and exacerbating his already infected wounds.

Judgement and Charges

The Matraville woman failed to appear in court and was therefore convicted ex-parte. She was charged with failure to provide veterinary treatment to a male Staffordshire crossbreed dog for metacarpal fractures. She was fined $500 and $3,795.97 in professional fees. Custody of the dog was awarded to RSPCA NSW.

Friday Find-A-Friend; Turbo, Male, Border Collie



Hurro! My name's Turbo the terrifc!

I was living with a lovely family and my life long friend Axel, but sadly they had to move and didn't think it was fair to keep me cooped up in a teeny home So I have come to the Central Coast Shelter to find myself a new family, hopefully with lots of space and energy.

I really love playing in the yard or at the park, especially with my tennis ball. My tennis ball is amazing and I could not imagine living in a world without it. If you throw it, I will bring it back and I will do this one thousand times without ever getting tired. Basically, I love my tennis ball :)

If you have a good throwing arm and lots of yard space, then come meet me at the RSPCA Central Coast Shelter in Somersby; Lot 455 Reeves Road, Somersby, 2250, (02) 4372 2044

Adoptions:

Monday to Tuesday: 10.00am to 3.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 10.00am to 3.30pm
Closed on Public Holidays

View my Adopt-a-pet page here
________________________________________________________________________

The sweetest day of the year is RSPCA Cupcake Day, the 18th August.

By registering, baking and fundraising for Cupcake Day for the RSPCA, you will be part of an exceptional group of supporters who understand the importance of pets in our lives.

Your cupcakes will help rescue a neglected pony, provide emergency surgery to an injured kitten and give surrendered animals like Turbo a home.

Sign up now

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Zeppy, Male, Bi Colour Crossbreed


Hiya! I'm Zeppy and I'm hoping your backyard is in need of a fluffy friend.

I'm looking for a friendly family to call my very own. I've not had a family in a little while, so I'm getting a little lonely just hanging out at the shelter here. The shelter staff and volunteers do give me lots of hugs and scratches which I absolutely love!

I really love hanging out in my little hutch, but my real love is running around the lawn. I love nibbling on the grass, digging in the dirt a little and the feeling of fresh air on my face. When I am hanging out in the hutch, please make sure it's nice and clean for me.

Come meet 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
________________________________________________________________________

The sweetest day of the year is RSPCA Cupcake Day, the 18th August.

By registering, baking and fundraising for Cupcake Day for the RSPCA, you will be part of an exceptional group of supporters who understand the importance of pets in our lives.

Your cupcakes will help rescue a neglected pony, provide emergency surgery to an injured kitten and give surrendered animals like Zeppy a home.

Sign up now

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Caturday; Tiger Muffin, Male, Domestic Medium Hair crossbreed


Mew Mew Mew! My name's Tiger Muffin and I'm here to make your house more interesting!

I am currently living with my foster mum as I was a little sick when I first came into the shelter. Once I was 100% healthy again, I was up, ready and exploring the entire house. I love playing this game where I hide under the couch and then jump out and scare my foster family.

I really like playing and will often run about the room turning everything thing I find into a game. I do like to keep my humans in plain site, so will follow them from room to room if they move. When I get a little sleepy, I've found the perfect spot to rest is on my foster mums lap. If I'm lucky, she also let's me snuggle up to her in the night to keep warm.

If you want a snuggle, play and chat buddy than we are meant to be! I'm in Foster Care through the RSPCA Sydney Shelter at the moment, so give them a call and we can meet! Call (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
_________________________________________________________________

The sweetest day of the year is RSPCA Cupcake Day, the 18th August.

By registering, baking and fundraising for Cupcake Day for the RSPCA, you will be part of an exceptional group of supporters who understand the importance of pets in our lives.

Your cupcakes will help rescue a neglected pony, provide emergency surgery to an injured kitten and give surrendered animals like Tiger Muffin a home.

Sign up now

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Find-A-Friend; Missy, Female, Thoroughbred


Oh hi there! My name's Missy and I'm looking for a paddock to spend the rest of my days carefree, happy and loved.

I've been hanging out at the Blue Mountains Shelter for a little while and although they feed me the good stuff and the people are great, I do wish I had my own place. I'm a little older so my riding days are over, but that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy each other's company.

I love being groomed and love when people come up for a pat. I've been around enough people now that I am calm, gentle and generally a sweet old lady that people adore. I just really want to find a paddock and family that wants a friendly face to greet them everyday.

Come and meet me at the RSPCA Blue Mountains Shelter. My address is: 121-125 Mort St, Katoomba  2780, or call (02) 4782 2674.

Adoptions:

Monday to Tuesday: 10.00am to 3.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 10.00am to 3.30pm
Closed on Public Holidays

View my Adopt-a-pet page here
_________________________________________________________________

The sweetest day of the year is RSPCA Cupcake Day, the 18th August.

By registering, baking and fundraising for Cupcake Day for the RSPCA, you will be part of an exceptional group of supporters who understand the importance of pets in our lives.

Your cupcakes will help rescue a neglected pony, provide emergency surgery to an injured kitten and give surrendered animals like Missy a home.

Sign up now

RSPCA seizes horses from Candelo property

RSPCA NSW Inspectors yesterday seized two horses from properties in Candelo, South-West of Bega. The seizures follow the yarding and assessment of horses as part of the RSPCA’s ongoing investigation into the welfare of the animals kept on a number of properties in the area. The seizure of animals yesterday follows the removal of three horses subject to the ongoing investigation over the last few weeks.

The seized horses have been transported for immediate veterinary assessment and treatment.

RSPCA NSW Inspectors are making further enquiries with respect to the seized horses and the other horses subject of the investigation. The RSPCA have prepared a brief of evidence as part of its lengthy investigation which is currently being reviewed. A decision will shortly be made regarding possible further action, which may include the initiation of court proceedings.

The RSPCA’s investigation and enquiries into the animals on the property is ongoing.
 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Warren Council and Western Rivers Veterinary Clinic to offer discounted desexing in September

RSPCA NSW, in conjunction with the Warren Shire Council and Western Rivers Veterinary Group will offer reduced-rate veterinary services to companion animals of pensioners and lower income earners as part of RSPCA NSW’s Community Animal Welfare Scheme (CAWS) for the month of September, 2013.

“These programs are only possible with the ongoing support of both Warren Shire Council and local veterinary practices such as Western Rivers,” said Dr Ann-Margret Withers, RSPCA NSW Programs Veterinarian.

“In Warren the program has been has been financed by the local Council every two years with great success. Each time the program comes to town it allows for at least 30 animals to be desexed,” Dr Withers added.

Contact with vets helps to generate relationships between local residents and their vets and promote and encourage desexing and responsible animal ownership. For many animal owners, the decision not to desex is not exclusively a matter of affordability which is why attitudinal change is required to generate a ‘culture’ of desexing in rural communities.

CAWS also advocates education and public awareness to teach community members and school-aged children about responsible pet ownership, animal welfare, humane treatment of animals and safety concepts around animals such as bite prevention. The RSPCA Education team will be visiting local schools in the first week of September, accompanied by local council ranger, Johnny White.

Interested residents are encouraged to contact the Western Rivers Veterinary Group on 6847 4795 for more information and bookings.

RSPCA issues reminder over cruel and indiscriminate traps


RSPCA NSW Inspectors were called to a property in Leppington yesterday to rescue a fox that had become entangled in a wire fence with a steel-jaw trap on its foot.

It is believed that the fox may have been attempting to flee from the pain of the trap and became entangled in the wire fence between two properties.

The steel-jaw trap, which is illegal in NSW, had destroyed the animals ankle and foot, causing it immeasurable pain and suffering for an unknown period of time before being discovered in the fence.

“These types of steel-jaw traps and totally indiscriminate,” said Gillian Busby, RSPCA NSW Inspector (pictured opposite). “We often find family pets such as dogs and cats caught in them. The damage to the body-part trapped in the device is absolutely devastating to the animal involved.

“Regardless of the animal involved, this is an incredibly painful and cruel way to die,” Bushby added.

Due to its injuries the fox had to be humanely euthanased.

The use of steel-jaw traps in NSW carries a maximum fine of $5,500 and/or imprisonment for 6 months.

Members of the public with information about people setting steel-jaw traps are encouraged to call the RSPCA on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589).

RSPCA Wagga Wagga Volunteer Branch in search of new volunteers



The Wagga Wagga Volunteer Branch of RSPCA NSW is calling on local residents to bolster numbers so that it can continue to provide much needed animal welfare services to the local community.

The Volunteer Branch, which reformed in Wagga Wagga in 2008 following a 25 year hiatus, is encouraging a new generation of volunteers with an interest in animal welfare and protection to join an information session to be held at 5.30pm on Monday 12 August, 2013 at ARCC Building, Tarcatta Street, Wagga Wagga.

Since its reformation in December 2008, the Volunteer Branch has provided services to the local community including fundraising, education and desexing programs. During the most recent assisted desexing scheme, 93 desexing vouchers were distributed to members of the local community with all vouchers being used. Seven veterinary practices within the Riverina provided these services in Wagga Wagga, Leeton, Gundagai, Narrandera and surrounding areas.

“Local Volunteer Branches are an integral part of our presence in many local communities where we don’t have a physical Shelter presence,” said Malcolm Wilbow, RSPCA NSW Manager of Branches – Southern Region.

“Our Wagga Wagga Volunteer Branch has achieved much success in the region and by encouraging new members to join we can continue to support and provide services to the animals and people of the area,” Mr Wilbow added.

RSPCA information session details:
Location:
ARCC Building, Tarcatta Street, Wagga Wagga.
Date: Monday 12 August, 2013
Time: 5.30pm

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Jeersy Jones, Female, Domestic Short Hair Crossbreed

 
Hi there! My name's Jeersy Jones and I'm looking for my furever family.

I'm really hoping to find a family that will let me flaunt my stuff. I came from a family that pampered me and made sure I was Cat Number 1 in their household. Because of this I'm not really used to hanging out with other cats and sharing the love.

I'm not a huggable kind of lady, but I do like chin scratches and keeping your feet warm in winter. I would love a home that has plenty of windows to sun bake in, scratching posts for me to climb onto and filled with plenty of love.

Think we are a match made in heaven? Come and meet me at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter. The address is: 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, or call (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
_________________________________________________________________

The sweetest day of the year is RSPCA Cupcake Day, the 18th August.

By registering, baking and fundraising for Cupcake Day for the RSPCA, you will be part of an exceptional group of supporters who understand the importance of pets in our lives.

Your cupcakes will help rescue a neglected pony, provide emergency surgery to an injured kitten and give surrendered animals like Jeersy Jones a home.

Sign up now

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Caturday: Rocket, Male, Domestic Medium Hair Crossbreed



Mreow! My name is Rocket!

When I get a new home, I promise to be there everyday and be a happy face to greet you when you walk in the door. We can chat about our adventures of the day and then sit down to a quiet meal together.

Once we are settled in for the night, I'll either stretch out on the rug or come curl up next to you on the couch for a nap. On those extra cold nights, I might even tip toe into your room and snuggle up close to keep you warm.

Sound like a match made in heaven? Come meet me at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter. The address is: 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, or call (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
_________________________________________________________________

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 Rocket a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Find-A-Friend; Roxie, Female, Australian Cattle Dog Cross Australian Kelpie


Oh my golly! Hello! It's so nice to meet you! I can already tell we are going to be besties.

As you can probably tell I'm a super happy lady that wants nothing more than to make you happy. I would love to live with a family that wants a great dog to get involved in all their outings. I really enjoy going on adventures to the park, around the neighbourhood or even somewhere more exciting like camping or to the dog beach.

I can picture my dream home now. A really big backyard, filled with tons and tons of toys for me to play with and lots of places for me to sniff out and discover. If you want to play hide and seek or fetch, I am the master at these games, so you better be good at playing.

Please come down and meet me this weekend. As much as I love the other dogs here, I just really want to find my furever family. I'm hanging out at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter. The address is: 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, or call (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
_________________________________________________________________

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 Roxie a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Thursday, August 1, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY: Sydney Central Local Court


Photos taken on 16/17 July 2012

Ms Kim Hollingsworth appeared in Sydney Central Local Court on Monday and was convicted of 11 charges of animal cruelty relating to horses in her care. Ms Hollingsworth was ordered to pay professional costs of $49,180.63, witness expenses of $10,876.60 and veterinary fees of $88,403.36. The RSPCA was awarded custody of 12 horses that had been seized from Ms Hollingsworth and a prohitibition order was also placed on Ms Hollingsworth prohibiting her from owning more than 20 horses for two years.

On Friday 10 February 2012 RSPCA Inspectors were called to a property at Cobbitty after receiving a complaint about horses on the property. Upon arrival Inspectors spoke with Ms Hollingsworth and a number of horses were identified and examined. On Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 July 2012 an inspection of three properties on which the woman kept horses resulted in the seizure of 11 animals on veterinary advice.

26 horses in Ms Hollingsworth's care were determined by veterinary examination to be severely underweight with a body condition score of 1.5 or lower. 31 horses in her care were also found to be suffering from intestinal parasites (worm burden). Whilst in the RSPCA’s care, some of the more underweight horses increased their body weight by over 60kgs.

Following expiration of the 28-day appeal period, the seized horses deemed suitable for rehoming will be made available for adoption.

Judgement and Charges

Ms Hollingsworth initially pleaded NOT GUILTY to all charges however changed her plea on the last day of a seven-day hearing to GUILTY. She was convicted of 11 charges of animal cruelty, ordered to pay professional costs of $49,180.63, witness expenses of $10,876.60  and veterinary fees of $88,403.36. Custody of the 11 horses seized on 18 July 2012, and subsequent foal born from one of the horses, was awarded to RSPCA NSW. A prohitibition order was also placed on Ms Hollingsworth prohibiting her from owning more than 20 horses for a period of 2 years.