13 September 2013

A Doubleview man today pleaded guilty to one charge of animal cruelty and was fined $7500, banned from owning dogs for 18 months and ordered to pay costs to the RSPCA of $1370.

Greyhound lays emaciated in backyardThe man was charged by RSPCA with one count of animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2002.

On the 5th of September 2012, RSPCA Inspector attended a Doubleview property in response to a cruelty complaint and discovered a 12-year-old female brindle greyhound, known as “Bade”, in an emaciated state, not moving, lying up against a concrete wall with no bedding or shelter. The dog was unable to stand and was emaciated with a large, fly-infested cancerous tumour in its mouth.

The dog was rushed to RSPCA’s veterinary clinic for assessment and due to the dog’s complex, serious medical problems; the dog was euthanased on humane grounds. The treating veterinarian concluded that the dog’s multiple medical problems would have been visually obvious for some time and that the dog suffered a tremendous amount of unnecessary pain and suffering which could have been alleviated by taking the dog to a veterinarian at a much earlier date.

In a record of interview with the RSPCA, Young admitted that he owned the dog and was aware of its condition but could not afford to take the dog to a vet.

In her sentencing remarks, Magistrate Scadden stated that there was “demonstrable evidence that it must have suffered significantly and it is a clear case where the dog should have been taken to the vet.

“An animal has no way of speaking on its own behalf and that there is a need for specific and general deterrent where a dog has suffered so much,” Magistrate Scadden said.