A Lavington woman pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty against 10 dogs in her care, specifically failing to provide veterinary treatment to an animal. She was sentenced in Albury Local Court on Tuesday 16 September, where she was fined $500 and received a five year prohibition order where she is not to have more than two desexed dogs at any time.
In August 2013 an RSPCA Inspector attended a property in Lavington after a complaint of animal cruelty.
The property owner invited the Inspector into her unit and he noticed a heavy pungent smell of dog faeces and dog urine. The floor was soiled with recent dog faeces and wet patches of urine. He saw a number of small dogs, most of whom appeared filthy and some were seen vigorously scratching at themselves.
The woman said she had ten dogs - five Chihuahuas and five Maltese - and that one two-year-old dog, Bubbles, had a broken leg. She brought out a small tan and white Chihuahua and explained that she had wrapped up the leg with cardboard and sticky tape, and given the dog paracetamol to stop the pain on the first day. She explained that the dog broke its leg about three days previously, although she didn't know how, and that she had no money to take her to the vet. The woman surrendered Bubbles to the Inspector and the dog was taken to a vet.
A few days later the Inspector returned to the woman's unit to discuss the care of her other dogs. He discovered there were actually 12 dogs in the unit, of which she voluntarily surrendered 10. The Inspector gave her flea treatment for the two remaining dogs and verbal instructions regarding their care.
The surrendered dogs were treated by RSPCA Veterinarians who found that each dog had severe flea infestation and moderate dental disease, with one dog suffering mild dermatitis and another erythema (redness of the skin).
The RSPCA Inspector has since followed up with the woman and is content with the welfare of her two remaining dogs.
All Charges Made Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act