Monday, May 26, 2014

Corella rescued with support from Boom Sherrin

Last Thursday one of our Inspectors, Graeme Dymond, faced a tricky situation. A short-billed Corella had become tangled in fishing line and flown up over 30 metres to the top of a Norfolk Pine at The Entrance, where it had become further entangled in the branches. The bird is that white dot towards the top of the tree in the above photo. 

NSW Fire & Rescue did not have equipment that reached high enough, so called in the RSPCA. Inspector Dymond contacted Boom Sherrin, and the company very kindly donated the use of their Travel Tower and drove down from Newcastle to help with the rescue. Graeme had to break off the branch of the tree to bring the bird down to safety.

The Corella had a lot of fishing line wrapped around its leg and neck, and suffered bruising to its leg where the line had trapped it to the branch. After recovering from its ordeal at a local vet, it was handed over to a wildlife carer for rehabilitation.

Teams ready for State of Adoption

NSW and Queensland will not only be battling it out on the footy field come Wednesday’s State of Origin.

RSPCA NSW will be up against RSPCA QLD in their annual State of Adoption challenge. The state that rehomes the most cats, kittens, dogs and puppies from their state shelters will declared the victor, although the real winners will be the animals and their new furever families.

Behind the friendly rivalry is a serious message: potential pet owners are encouraged to adopt from the RSPCA rather than buy from pet shops.

“The RSPCA aims to find the right homes for all of our animals,” said RSPCA CEO Steve Coleman. “Although it will be nice to beat Queensland on and off the field, the real prize is making people aware that there are thousands of animals who are in need of new, loving homes.”

The number of animals rehomed in each state will be tallied up after the final State of Origin game on 9 July.

Why adopt a pet from the RSPCA?
  • All animals available for adoption have been health-checked, behaviour assessed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed, flea treated and desexed, as appropriate
  • All potential new pet owners are assisted by RSPCA staff prior to adoption to help ensure people and pets are well-suited for one another 
  • RSPCA Shelters offer a wide variety of animals to choose from that you can view here:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dungog man guilty of cruelty to calf

A Dungog man appeared in Dungog Local Court last Wednesday to face charges of animal cruelty in relation to a calf.

On 2 August 2013 RSPCA Inspectors responded to a call about numerous cattle being down or dying on a 350 acre property in Underbank.

After inspecting the property, approximately 65 angus cattle were seen to be in poor body condition, and that the pastures were not suitable to provide sufficient feed. A male calf was lying in one of the paddocks and the man was instructed to get veterinary assistance if the calf was not back on his feet within 24 hours.

On 6 August Inspectors returned to the property with a vet and saw that the calf was in basically the same position as they had left it, but it was in much worse condition. No food or water was evident near the calf. The vet humanely euthanised the calf and subsequently reported the calf had an extremely swollen eye and had been in very poor condition.

During a discussion with RSPCA Inspectors on 24 September, the man said he was not the owner of cattle but was responsible for them. He said he had seen the calf on 5 August and thought it was improving. He said he thought RSPCA Inspectors had instructed him to feed it and said he had provided food and water, but could not explain why there was no sign of this. An acquaintance said he had helped the man feed the calf.

The man pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to provide proper and sufficient food (the other charges were withdrawn and dismissed), and was convicted, fined $2000 and ordered to pay $2000 towards professional costs.

All Charges Made Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act

Thursday, May 15, 2014

10 year ban on owning animals for Minto woman who starved dog

A Minto woman appeared in Campbelltown Local Court on Monday to face four charges of animal cruelty in relation to a Blue Neapolitan Mastiff.

On 19 February 2014 RSPCA Inspectors visited a property in Durham Street, Minto and saw two guinea pigs in a dirty cage with putrid water, and several cats on the front verandah. They also heard barking coming from the back yard and based on the animals they had already seen, decided to investigate.

In the back yard a female blue Neopolitan Mastiff was seen in such poor body condition that she was immediately seized and taken to RSPCA Veterinary Clinic for examination. On the way to the vet the owner of the dog called and said the dog had been suffering from diarrhoea for about two weeks but she had not taken it to the vet.

Upon examination, the RSPCA vet concluded that the dog had not been fed properly for at least four weeks and had been suffering from a significant worm burden for several weeks. There was no sign of diarrhoea or vomiting and the dog gained weight after being in the care of the RSPCA.

After declining the offer to surrender her dog on 20 February, the woman eventually surrendered all her animals to the RSPCA on 24 April 2014.

She was charged with:
 - Failure to provide vet treatment to an animal(three charges)
 - Failure to provide food to an animal (one charge)

The woman pleaded GUILTY to all charges, was fined $600 on each charge, ordered to pay costs of $2777, and prohibited from owning any animals for 10 years.

All Charges Made Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Oxley Park woman banned from owning animals for two years

An Oxley Park woman failed to appear in Mt Druitt Local Court last week to face three charges of animal cruelty in relation to a Bulldog and two charges of animal cruelty in relation to a Staffordshire crossbreed dog.

On Sunday 3 November 2013, RSPCA Inspectors visited a house in Hobart Street, Oxley Park in response to a complaint. Inspectors immediately noticed that an adult female Australian Bulldog was in poor body condition with pin, hip, spine and rib bones clearly visible. The dog appeared weak and listless and had several large infected wounds across areas of her body.

The animal was seized and presented to the RSPCA Veterinary Clinic for examination, the dog was found to be emaciated with no fat deposits, easily palpable ribs and spine and prominent abdominal tuck, had three large open infected wounds, one with extensive damage to the underlying muscle. She was also covered in live fleas.

The woman subsequently rang to identify herself as the dog’s owner and agreed to surrender the dog.

On Friday 10 January 2014, RSPCA returned to the property to serve court attendance notices on the woman. On arrival at the property a Staffordshire crossbreed dog was sighted in poor body condition with her hips, spine and rib bones visible. The dog was obviously pregnant.

The woman said her partner had left the dog at her property a few weeks before and she had not wormed the dog since, nor sought veterinary treatment for it.

The dog was seized and taken to the RSPCA Veterinary Clinic for examination. Her body score was assessed as being 4 out of 5 (where 5 is most underweight).  When offered food after the initial examination, she ate ravenously. She also had heavy whip and round worm burdens. The vet estimated that the dog would have been underfed for at least 21 days to reach that condition. A couple of days later the dog gave birth to eight puppies.

The charges were as follows:

 - Failure to provide vet treatment to a Bulldog (three charges)
 - Failure to provide vet treatment to a Staffordshire crossbreed (one charge)
 - Failure to provide food to a Staffordshire crossbreed (one charge)

The woman had entered a not guilty plea for all charges.  She did not appear in Court, the matter was heard in her absence.

In regards to the Bulldog, the woman was fined $1500 for each of three charges of failing to provide vet treatment. She was also ordered to pay costs of $1576.67 and was prohibited from owning animal for two years.

In regards to the Staffordshire crossbreed, she was fined $1500 on each charge for failure to provide food and failure to provide vet treatment for a heavy worm burden.

All Charges Made Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

RSPCA's quirkiest call outs and the true cost of animal cruelty revealed

From witches ‘hexing’ dogs to an abandoned mattress goat, head-lice homicide and crocodiles loose in the suburbs – the RSPCA investigates them all.

Responding to everything from highly distressed individuals reporting cruelty towards statues, having mistaken them for a dog, or reports of crocodiles appearing in suburban backyards, RSPCA Inspectors take every job very seriously, but sometimes all is not as it seems.

The RSPCA’s TOP TEN quirky animal cruelty call outs that weren’t:

1. A person called about an abandoned goat that had been left unfed for days, which was actually an abandoned mattress in a paddock.

2. A man rang about his dog which had been ‘hexed’ by his neighbour to attack him when he said a certain word. He wanted the RSPCA to “find out the word from his dog”.

Source: Swide

3. A woman rang in anger to complain that her neighbours had left their white Bulldog in a yard without shade and when she left a note in their mailbox telling them to provide their dog shelter, they had put up a beach umbrella for the dog. The dog was a statue.

4. A highly distressed woman called about a mini crocodile in her backyard which was threatening the lives of her children. After receiving a photograph from the caller the animal was identified as a blue-tongue lizard.

Source: Wikipedia

5. An inspector went to rescue a bird that was heard trapped in the roof for a number of days. It was in fact the smoke alarm battery signal to change the battery.

6. A caller rang about a cockatoo that was so stressed in its small cage that it would not move. An inspector found an ornamental bird in a cage.

7. A gentleman called from a supermarket and said he was in the presence of an animal killer. Someone was buying head lice treatment.

Source: The Guardian

8. Two security dogs had managed to get themselves ‘tangled’ on a tether. When the Inspector arrived at the property both dogs came running out without any problems. The Inspector had to explain to the informant the process of dog mating.

Source: SparkLife

9. A woman rang at 10 pm worried that a possum up a tree may not be able to get down.

10. Several complaints of two cows in a paddock with no shelter. These are two steel cows in a field just outside of the town of Nowra on the NSW South Coast.

There is a very serious side to this however. Last financial year the RSPCA NSW Call Centre received over 14,600 calls made by concerned members of the community reporting cases of animal cruelty.

“Keeping an RSPCA Inspector on the road fighting animal cruelty costs $450 a day which is why the RSPCA is calling on all pet lovers to come out and support our annual Million Paws Walk on Sunday 18 May 2014,” said Steve Coleman, RSPCA NSW CEO.

Fundraising is an essential component of the Million Paws Walk and this year RSPCA NSW hopes to raise $300,000 to assist the 30,000+ animals that it cares for each year.

“The best part about all the Million Paws Walk events around the state is that funds raised stay in the local community to assist the RSPCA Volunteer Branches and regional shelters to take care of local animals,” Coleman added.

For information about all the RSPCA Million Paws Walk events happening right around Australia, and to register, visit and start fundraising to help animals in need.

Wagga Wagga man ordered to reduce horse numbers after animal cruelty conviction

A man appeared in Wagga Wagga Local Court last week to face one charge of animal cruelty.

On Wednesday 16 October 2013 RSPCA NSW Inspectors attended a property in French Park. Upon arrival the Inspectors received a call from the man advising that there was an injured stallion on the property.

Inspectors observed that the stallion was laying on its right side. Occasionally, the horse would attempt to stand, but was unable to bare weight on its rear legs. Witnesses stated that the horse had been in that state since the previous day and despite being advised of its condition the man had not sought veterinary treatment for the animal.

The horse was sedated so an examination could be conducted in safety and to reduce the pain to the horse. When sedated, the horse showed discomfort when the right leg and thigh area were manipulated. After examining the horse an attending veterinarian advised that the animal was in significant pain. The horse was euthanised as it was considered cruel to keep it alive.

During an interview with RSPCA NSW Inspectors, the man admitted to being aware of the horse’s condition and failing to provide pain relief and veterinary treatment.

He pleaded guilty, was convicted and fined $550 for failure to alleviate the pain of a horse. He was placed on a six-month Good Behaviour Bond and was ordered to reduce the number or horses in his care.

All Charges Made Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.