(Picture left 15/10/14 23.5kg) (Picture right 29/10/14 10% body gain in RSPCA care)
After receiving a complaint, an RSPCA Inspector attended a home in Minto, on 15th July 2014.
After having no response from knocking on the front door, RSPCA proceeded to the rear of the property. The Inspector immediately spotted a brindle and white Mastiff crossbreed dog in very poor body condition with all hip, pin, rib and spine bones clearly visible.
The Inspector then spoke with the resident, who explained the dog was her son’s, as she already had a prohibition order issued from the courts.
RSPCA NSW seized the dog, leaving details for the son to make contact as soon as possible.
RSPCA veterinarians found the dog weighted 23.5 kilograms, with his ideal body weight 35 kilograms. There was no discernible body fat, an obvious loss of muscle mass, severe abdominal tuck and an extreme hourglass shape to his body. On the Tufts animal care and condition scale, where score 1 is ideal and 5 is emaciated — this dog was given a score of 5.
The vet also noted the dog had chronic regenerative anaemia, most likely due to the heavy flea burden.
After less than two weeks in RSPCA’s care, the dog weighed 25.6kgs, a gain of almost 10%.
The day after the animal was seized, the Minto teenanger called the RSPCA stating he was the dog’s owner and responsible for its daily care. He accepted the option to surrender the animal to the RSPCA.
During an interview with RSPCA Inspectors, the owner said he owned the dog for around eight months and had been feeding it two tins of food and kibble each day. However, he noticed the dog losing weight over a period of at least two months. He said the dog had not been to a veterinarian at any time in the eight months he had the dog.
The 19-year-old teenager appeared in Campbelltown Local Court on 28th October 2014 and pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty against a male Mastiff crossbreed dog. One charge of failure to provide proper and sufficient foor, and one charge of failure to provide vet treatment - very poor body condition, fleas and anaemia.
The teenager was fined $1,500, ordered to pay RSPCA NSW $480.34 for caring for his dog and banned from owning animals for two years.
All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulation