16 December 2022

A 32-year-old man from Perth’s south has been charged with animal cruelty, after two dogs were found tied up in his backyard without water or shelter.

An inspector attended the man’s home in Yangebup in the City of Cockburn on 7 July following a cruelty report about two female Staffy-cross dogs.

The inspector found the first dog tied to a washing line on a chain that had tangled to less than a metre. She had no access to shelter or water and was underweight, with her hips and ribs visible. The second dog was tied to a tree on a tangled lead with no shelter or water.

Both dogs were seized and taken to RSPCA WA in Malaga. Vets noted the dogs were extremely hungry and thirsty, and both were dehydrated. The first dog was also found to be underweight due to underfeeding.

The accused has been charged under sections 19(1), 19(3)(b)(ii), 19(3)(d) and 19(3)(e) of the Animal Welfare Act 2002. RSPCA WA will allege he restrained both dogs in a manner likely to cause harm and that he did not provide them with sufficient shelter, food or water.

The charges will be heard in Fremantle Magistrates Court on 20 December.

The maximum penalty for a charge of animal cruelty is a $50,000 fine and five years in prison.

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 at online here.