The 42-year-old South Australian woman who severely neglected her two dogs to the point they were emaciated has been charged and convicted
A 42-year-old South Australian woman has been found guilty and convicted of Animal cruelty in the Berri Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to three charges of ill treatment of an animal.
The two dogs were discovered in a chronically neglected and emaciated state after a concerned citizen made a cruelty report to the RSPCA on April 26, 2019. Both dogs, Staffordshire bull terrier crosses, A five year old and an eight year old were immediately removed from the property and examined by a veterinarian.
Upon examination it was found the older dog was suffering from severe emaciation and had an infected dew claw that was ingrown, Sadly she was euthanised on humane grounds due to the severity of her ill state and the degree of neglect she suffered.
“We see dogs that are ribby and thin quite a lot, but not to the degree where their muscle wastage is of that sort of nature,” RSPCA volunteer Andrea Stated.
The veterinary evidence submitted to the courts heard that adequate nutrition had not been provided to either dog for at least four weeks, also confirming that the infected dew-claw was the result of long term neglect.
The woman was convicted and fined $1,000 and sentenced to two-years good behaviour bond, she is also banned from owning any pets. In addition she was ordered to pay $3,761 to the RSPCA South Australia for legal and veterinary costs.
The surviving Dog has since recovered and is being cared for at RSPCA South Australia.
Animal cruelty in Australia carries a maximum penalty of $266,900 or 3 years imprisonment under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.
Members of the public who witness animal cruelty or neglect are urged to immediately call RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty report hotline on 1300 477 722.