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

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