A 37-year-old man from Edensor Park failed to appear at Fairfield Local Courton Tuesday 17 September 2019 in relation to five offences of animal crueltyagainst his two dogs.
The man was convicted in his absence and fined $2500 for each charge inrelation to a failure to provide proper and sufficient food, failure toprovide veterinary treatment for poor body condition, dehydration, severelyfly-bitten ears and periodontal disease.
In addition to the fines the defendant was banned from purchasing, acquiring,or taking possession or custody of any animal for five years and ordered topay veterinary costs of $3108 with moiety to RSPCA NSW. He was also ordered toreport to police for the purposes of fingerprinting.
In a fact sheet tendered on sentence, the Court heard that at an inspection ofthe man’s property on 19 January 2019, an RSPCA inspector found twoStaffordshire Bull Terrier crossbreed dogs, one tan and one brindle, withprotruding hips, ribs and spines, sunken eyes and bleeding ears. There was nofood, water or sufficient shelter available to the dogs.
The inspector immediately seized the pair, which she identified to be at highrisk. The brindle dog collapsed and needed to be carried to the inspector’svehicle.
No one was home, so the inspector left the property owner a notice to contactthe RSPCA.
An RSPCA vet examined the dogs and found that they were in poor body conditionand required vet treatment for multiple concerns, had severe fly-bitten earsand suffered from dehydration.
After multiple attempts to contact the man, the RSPCA inspector interviewedhim on Wednesday 13 February 2019. He said that he had owned the dogs sincethey were puppies. He noticed they were losing weight over a period of fourmonths, and had not sought vet treatment for them.
He surrendered the dogs to the RSPCA. The tan dog unfortunately could not besaved and was humanely euthanised.
The brindle dog has thrived under RSPCA care and while he waits for hisforever home, he is being cared for by wonderful foster carers. Meet Larry atthe Sydney Shelter. “It is always difficult to see animals in emaciated bodycondition seized by RSPCA inspectors. Anyone who finds themselves strugglingto or unable to care for their animals, please contact your nearest RSPCA oranimal rescue group. There are no excuses for allowing animals to suffer,”says RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector Scott Meyers.
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