CRU­ELTY CASE ENDS IN BAN

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

AWO­MAN will not be able to keep dogs for one year after she was found ne­glect­ing her pet.

A pub­lic com­plaint led to RSPCA in­spec­tors re­mov­ing the dog and prose­cut­ing its owner.

GAYN­DAH res­i­dent Karen Fisher has been banned from own­ing a dog for one year, after be­ing fined $2500 and con­victed of an­i­mal cru­elty in Gayn­dah Mag­is­trates Court last week.

Mag­is­trate Gra­ham Hil­lan per­mit­ted RSPCA In­spec­tor Penny Fla­herty to pro­ceed with the pros­e­cu­tion in Ms Fisher’s ab­sence.

In­spec­tor Fla­herty said she first vis­ited Ms Fisher on July 10, 2014, after a pub­lic com­plaint and dis­cov­ered “BB”, her male Stafford­shire cross ter­rier, suf­fer­ing from hair loss and de­modex mites, chained to a fence amid fae­ces and rub­bish, with no shel­ter and lit­tle ex­er­cise.

“She was given an an­i­mal wel­fare di­rec­tion to pro­vide shel­ter, pro­vide con­stant wa­ter and take the dog to the vet for treat­ment,” Insp Fla­herty said.

“She did have the dog started on treat­ment for its skin con­di­tion, but I re­ceived in­for­ma­tion the dog still didn’t have ap­pro­pri­ate liv­ing con­di­tions.”

After re­turn in­spec­tions on Au­gust 11 and 19 showed no im­prove­ment in liv­ing con­di­tions, BB was seized by the RSPCA for re­hom­ing.

“Hav­ing an­i­mals is not just about giv­ing a bit of food and wa­ter; it does also mean pro­vid­ing proper and clean liv­ing con­di­tions, and ex­er­cise.” While the RSPCA dropped the sec­ond charge of fail­ing to com­ply with an an­i­mal wel­fare di­rec­tion or­der, Mag­is­trate Hil­lan con­victed Ms Fisher of fail­ing duty of care to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate liv­ing con­di­tions for BB.

“In re­spect of the first charge, the dog was in­spected on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions,” Mag­is­trate Hil­lan said.

“A con­vic­tion is recorded, and there is a pro­hi­bi­tion or­der against pos­sess­ing, pur­chas­ing or oth­er­wise ac­quir­ing a dog for one year.”

Ms Fisher re­ceived a $2500 fine and was or­dered to cover court costs, and board­ing and vet costs.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NOT GOOD ENOUGH: The owner of a male Stafford­shire cross ter­rier was con­victed in Gayn­dah Mag­is­trates Court of fail­ing to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate liv­ing con­di­tions.

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