Monday, July 28, 2014

Whalan man found guilty of animal cruelty

On 12 May, 2014 the RSPCA attended a property in Whalan, NSW after complaints of a dog dying in the back yard, but found no one home.

RSPCA Inspectors found a dog in the rear of the yard which was not dying but was in poor body condition. Inspectors seized the dog, leaving seizure notices around the property.

The male dog was taken to the RSPCA shelter with the vet finding him to be very underweight with a heavy flea burden. The dog had obvious boney prominences, ribs visible from a distance and a loss of muscle mass.

The vet estimated it would have taken at least 30 days of inadequate feeding for a dog of normal condition to reach this state, and that the animal would have needed veterinary attention for at least two weeks resulting in unnecessary pain and discomfort.

After not receiving any contact regarding the dog for two weeks, Inspectors revisited the Whalan property on 13 June 2014 and spoke to the owner. He stated he had been in charge of the dog for four to five months and that he knew it was thin, but thought it was because of the dog’s age.

The man failed to appear in Mt Druitt Local Court last week and was convicted ex parte of two charges of animal cruelty against a male mixed breed dog:

  • Fail to provide sufficient food to an animal (one charge)
  • Fail to provide veterinary treatment to an animal- Fleas (one charge)  

He was fined $1,000 for failing to provide vet treatment, $400 for failing to provide proper and sufficient and has to pay vet/boarding costs of $2,313.29. Custody of the dog was awarded to the RSPCA. The photo below shows the improvement to his condition since then.

All Charges Made Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act

Monday, July 21, 2014

The sweetest way to fight animal cruelty

You only have one month to refine your recipes before fighting animal cruelty with cupcakes.

The RSPCA’s annual Cupcake Day is calling for anyone with a mixing bowl, spoon and an oven to host a party on August 18 at work, school or home to help us care for more than 56,000 animals every year.

So far celebrity chefs Curtis Stone, Pete Evans and Lola Berry have donated recipes to the cause, setting mouths watering and inspiration flowing.

Getting involved is easy: hosts can visit to register, then personalise their supporter page.

Hosts will also receive a host pack including; invitations, a donation box, a host badge, basic cupcake recipe (for humans and our four legged friends), official Cupcake Day stickers, balloons and posters for the big day.

The power of the cupcake:
  • 2 cupcakes* = an enrichment toy to keep a dog happy and engaged
  • 5 cupcakes = litter tray for a kitten or cat to toilet train them
  • 15 cupcakes = vaccinates a puppy against the deadly parvo virus
  • 50 cupcakes = desexes cat or dog so it can be rehomed with a forever family
  • 150 cupcakes = subsidies the costs of prosecuting a cruelty offender
*1 cupcake = $2 donation

Thursday, July 10, 2014

We may have lost, but hundreds of animals won

RSPCA Queensland has won bragging rights for another year, claiming the State of Adoption trophy for a sixth straight year after rehoming 310 more animals than New South Wales.

It was close earlier in the series, but Queensland streaked away creating a gap that continued to widen despite a valiant effort from New South Wales– the final tally 2,048 to 1,738 animals rehomed during this year’s State of Origin period.

But RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman says the message goes beyond the friendly rivalry. “Ultimately, we’re really happy so many animals have been rehomed in both states but we hope to follow the NSW Blues lead next year break our drought,” he said.

Among the animals to find their furever homes were 1,055 cats and kittens as well as 475 dogs and puppies in NSW. But there were a range of two and four legged adoptions across the state, including 34 fowl, three horses, nine rodents, a pig, sheep, three goats and even a fighting fish.

Mr Coleman said it’s all about raising awareness, “the competition is about encouraging people to adopt rather than shop and make more Australians aware of the number of animals waiting at RSPCA shelters for a family.”  One such animal is Hurley, a deaf nine-month-old Great Dane crossbreed, pictured above in his State of Adoption shirt.

RSPCA NSW urges anyone looking for a pet to adopt from the RSPCA. To find your next furred or feathered friend, visit

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

RSPCA NSW offers discounted desexing

RSPCA NSW is calling on companion animal owners across the state to step-up this month, and help stop some of the 160,000 unwanted animals ending up in shelters nationwide.

RSPCA NSW Veterinary Hospitals throughout the state are offering a 25% discount on pet desexing during July in support of National Desexing Month. Pet owners will also be encouraged to microchip and register their pets.

While older animals can also be desexed, RSPCA’s Chief Veterinarian Magdoline Awad says it’s better for owners to act sooner rather than later, “studies have shown that desexing cats, in particular, at an early age, before they are able to reproduce could assist in reducing the numbers of unwanted kittens born that ultimately end up in shelters”.

Research also shows desexed animals can actually live longer and are less likely to suffer from various diseases including cancer.

“There are also a range of behavioural benefits that are associated with desexing, with pets less likely to wander and get lost or fight and get injured. Undesirable sexual behaviours like mounting and spraying urine are also drastically reduced,” said Dr Awad.

Contact any RSPCA NSW Veterinary Hospital — located in Broken Hill, Sydney, Rutherford and Tighes Hill — or RSPCA NSW Care Centre in Rouse Hill. For more information about desexing discounts, visit