Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Debunking dog fighting myths

RSPCA NSW is asking pet owners around the state to remain vigilant against dog fighting rings, but also to be aware of common hoaxes being disseminated, especially via social media.

“Every day we seem to receive a question about dog fighting in an area of Sydney or NSW,” said David OShannessy, RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector.

“Many of these are well known hoaxes that have been created by and continue to be circulated via social media. We are not saying that dog fighting doesn’t happen, or that it isn’t happening, we’re just asking members of the community to be vigilant and recognise hoaxes,” OShannessy added.

Hoax One: Dell Schanze
This hoax message circulating online, mainly via Facebook, claims a man called Dell Schanze is stealing dogs for the purposes of fighting. Mr Schanze is a real person, living in Salt Lake City, Utah, and there has been no evidence to link him with dog fighting. His image has been used to spread fear among pet owners in many countries, including Australia.

Hoax Two: Fence Tagging/Marking
This hoax claims that criminals are marking the fences of pet owners with either ribbon or other means as a way of identifying properties with dogs that they can come back and steal at a later date. This hoax started in Perth in 2013, with different coloured ribbon reportedly being used to identify different breeds of dog. A week after appearing in Perth, this hoax appeared in England followed by properties in Scotland.

Dog fighting rings are real and dogs are stolen to be used in such rings. So all dog owners should always be aware of this and follow sensible cautionary advice. Here are some tips to keep your dog safe:

  • Don’t leave your dog unattended in public – even if just for a few minutes
  • Secure your yard – make sure your dog can’t escape from your yard by digging, through holes in fences or via gates
  • Keep microchip information up to date – ensure that your dog has an implanted microchip, that it is registered with your local council and that you keep all relevant information up-to-date
  • Ensure your dog has identification – a tag with basic contact details on it will let someone who finds your dog know who its owner is and provide an easy way for them to get in touch with you to return it

RSPCA NSW encourages anyone with any information pertaining to dog fighting rings to contact 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589) or local Police.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Penderlea Horses husband convicted of cruelty to a dog

On Tuesday 12 February 2013, RSPCA NSW Inspectors and a veterinarian were attending a property near Bega on another matter when they observed a Kelpie crossbreed dog limping due to an injury to its right hind leg.

The owner stated that the dog had been hit by a car a few days previously and had not received any veterinary treatment. The attending veterinarian examined the dog and instructed the man to confine the dog to stop it moving and see if the injury would heal. The man continued to let the dog run around the property with the horses.

When departing the property, RSPCA NSW Inspectors and the veterinarian again stated that the dog required confinement and if its condition didn’t heal, to take it to a veterinarian. RSPCA NSW Inspectors and the veterinarian returned to the property on Wednesday 13 February, 2013 and observed the dog running around loose carrying its hind leg.The dog was seized and taken for veterinary treatment.

An examination revealed that the dog had a broken pelvis and had been in that condition for at least two weeks prior to seizure.
The man appeared in Bega Local Court on Wednesday 19 March 2014 and despite pleading not guilty, was found guilty of two charges of animal cruelty relating to the dog. He was fined and ordered to pay costs of $6,104.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Vineyard man fined for failing to treat tumour

On 3 July 2013, RSPCA NSW Inspectors attended a property in Vineyard to carry out an inventory of animals located on the property in accordance with a Court Order. The Inspectors found no one home upon arrival.

While carrying out the inventory of animals, RSPCA NSW Inspectors observed a Kelpie crossbreed dog with a large ulcerated tumor on its left side. The dog was seized and taken for immediate veterinary treatment. While they were leaving, the dog's owner arrived and explained that he had taken the dog to a Greyhound vet on a previous occasion regarding the tumor and had been instructed to wash the wound with salty water.

Further investigations revealed that the man had not sought veterinary treatment for the Kelpie crossbreed but it was in fact another dog with a muscle injury that had been examined by the Greyhound Vet.

The Kelpie crossbreed dog was taken to the RSPCA NSW Sydney Shelter and examined by a veterinarian who concluded that the dog was in need of urgent and necessary treatment for a large ulcerated and infected lesion on its chest. The lesion was very obvious, visually prominent and had a fetid odour to it. The prognosis for the dog was either major surgery or euthanasia.

The man requested a second veterinary opinion and the dog was transferred to another veterinary hospital in Blacktown. The second veterinarian also concluded that major surgery or euthanasia were the only two options for the dog. He also stated that if major surgery was attempted and the tumor was deeper than anticipated, it would be more humane to euthanase the dog.

An x-ray was conducted and showed that the cancer had spread to the dogs lungs at which point the man chose to have the dog euthanased.

In late March 2014 the man pleaded GUILTY and was convicted of one charge of animal cruelty, fined $500 and placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond.
All charges made under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act

Monday, April 7, 2014

Woman sentenced to 300 hours community service for animal cruelty

On Saturday 9 March 2013, an RSPCA NSW Inspector attended a property in Pitt Town in relation to sheep being attacked by dogs. The Inspector was taken to a pen area where a lamb and a sheep were located. Both had torn, wounded ears.

The larger sheep had severe wounds around its neck, ears and hind leg. Maggots were present through the wool and flesh around the neck. The ears had a combination of old and fresh tear wounds. The left ear had an open, infected looking wound underneath. A strong smell of infection was noted. The woman agreed to surrender the two sheep and they were removed from the property for veterinary treatment.

Veterinary examination found that both the lamb and the ewe had sustained multiple life threatening injuries that required immediate veterinary attention. These injuries caused the ewe to suffer considerable pain and suffering due to failure to provide proper veterinary treatment and failure to properly manage the wounds. Both the lamb and the ewe were in poor body condition and stunted in growth due to inadequate nutrition and had a significant internal and external parasite burden.

Unfortunately, due to her injuries the sheep was euthanased after a number of weeks of treatment, however the lamb has since been rehomed.
In late March 2014 the woman pleaded GUILTY to two charges of aggravated animal cruelty and one charge of animal cruelty. She was convicted of all three charges and fined for failing to provide proper and sufficient food to both sheep. She was fined $500, sentenced to 300 hours community service and banned from owning additional animals, other than the three dogs and six chickens currently in her care, for five years.
All charges made under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Fools!

Just kidding!

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