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

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