Mick was tethered to a washing line in full sun, with no access to water.26 May 2022

A 26-year-old Carey Park man has been fined $3000 and banned from being in contact with animals for five years after leaving his dog tied to a clothesline without access to shade or water last summer.

The Bunbury Magistrates Court today heard the RSPCA was called to the man’s property on 23 December by a City of Bunbury ranger who had seen an American Staffordshire crossbreed tangled on a chain attached to a rotary clothesline.

The RSPCA inspector attended the property; she entered the yard and saw the three-year-old dog, Mick, was panting heavily. He had a dry, red mouth and his tongue was hanging out. He was in full sun with no water within reach.

The inspector noted that the chain used to tie Mick to the clothesline had tangled up upon itself, so it was just 50cm long. Mick’s collar had also twisted tightly around his throat.

The inspector took Mick’s collar off and gave him some water which he drank excessively. She then removed him from the property under the Animal Welfare Act 2002 and took him to a local vet who determined Mick was suffering from mild dehydration.

The offender later told the RSPCA he had chained Mick to the clothesline the night before on a chain long enough to reach a kennel and a water bowl. Mick remained chained to the clothesline when the offender left for work at 5am the next day.

Inspector Manager, Kylie Green, said Mick had fully recovered and remained in the care of the RSPCA.

‘Mick’s a happy, engaging dog and it’s awful to think of him stuck on such a tiny chain, suffering in the full sun without any water,’ Ms Green said.

Mick remains in RSPCA WA care pending a 28-day appeal period.

‘By the time the RSPCA was alerted to the situation and attended the property, Mick had been on that chain all night and nearly half a day.

‘He’s a young energetic dog—no wonder the chain had tangled to such a short length.

‘If you have no other alternative but to tether your dog, please use a proper tethering device and follow instructions.

‘Always ensure your dog is not able to become tangled and always has adequate shelter and water.

‘Even if they can reach shade and water when you first tether them, things can and often do go wrong as happened here.’

The offender pleaded guilty to being cruel to Mick by restraining him in a manner that was likely to cause unnecessary harm; not providing Mick with proper and sufficient water; and not providing him with adequate shelter or protection from the elements as reasonably necessary to ensure his welfare, safety and health.

He was also ordered to pay costs and compensation totalling $233.53.

RSPCA WA thanks City of Bunbury ranger for their assistance in this matter.

The RSPCA relies on the community to report incidents of suspected cruelty and neglect. Report cruelty 24/7 on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 358) or online here.