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