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.