An­i­mal cru­elty too graphic to show

VETS PUT SUF­FER­ING DOG DOWN

Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - Mark Don­ald­son

THE de­tails of a dog cru­elty case were so dis­tress­ing a Joon­dalup mag­is­trate re­fused to look at the pho­tos the pros­e­cu­tion made avail­able to him in court last Fri­day.

Girrawheen pet owner Nadezdha Yakovlevna Wil­liams (54) al­lowed her 15year-old kelpie cross Rex to suf­fer in an ema­ci­ated con­di­tion with fes­ter­ing sores over his body, and mag­gots around his rear and gen­i­tals.

The an­i­mal was left ly­ing in his fae­ces.

RSPCA of­fi­cers who were called to the dog’s aid on Novem­ber 20 last year con­sid­ered it one of the worst cases they had seen.

Vets shared that view when they even­tu­ally put the dog down.

A pathol­ogy re­port re­vealed Rex had a kid­ney in­fec­tion, var­i­ous muscular ail­ments that pre­vented him from mov­ing, and more mag­gots in his stom­ach and mouth.

The RSPCA would not re­lease pho­tos of the an­i­mal to media be­cause they were too graphic.

They were too graphic even for Mag­is­trate Gre­gory Benn, who told the prose­cu­tor, when of­fered the images, that the de­tails of the case gave him enough of an idea of the an­i­mal’s suf­fer­ing with­out hav­ing to look at them.

Mr Benn fined Wil­liams $8000 and banned her from own­ing an an­i­mal for 10 years.

He or­dered she pay more than $1200 in costs for the pathol­ogy re­ports.

He ac­cepted Wil­liams was re­morse­ful but said she had shown “reck­less dis­re­gard for the an­i­mal’s con­di­tion”.

Wil­liams’ lawyer sub­mit­ted her client was un­aware of the dog’s suf­fer­ing, but Mr Benn re­fused to ac­cept that claim.

“This is a con­di­tion that would take some time to de­velop,” he said.

“The level of this dog’s suf­fer­ing can only be imag­ined when I con­sider the litany of prob­lems the dog was deal­ing with.

“The only con­clu­sion I can pos­si­bly reach… is that, re­gard­less of what you think, you are some­one who is not ca­pa­ble of tak­ing the care, con­trol and charge of an an­i­mal.”

The RSPCA prose­cu­tor sub­mit­ted that Wil­liams had told them she did not want to take the an­i­mal to the vet be­cause she did not want to see Rex put down.

Wil­liams’ lawyer said her client had owned the dog since 2009.

She had taken him in be­cause he was abused by his pre­vi­ous owner.

The solic­i­tor pushed for a spent con­vic­tion be­cause Wil­liams was con­cerned a crim­i­nal record would pre­vent her from trav­el­ling to Rus­sia to see her dy­ing mother.

Mr Benn de­nied the ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause he had been given no doc­u­ments that proved a crim­i­nal record would be a hin­drance to her trav­el­ling.

RSPCA WA chief in­spec­tor Amanda Swift said it was a “truly heart­break­ing case”.

“The pain and suf­fer­ing this dog en­dured was to­tally un­nec­es­sary and could have been avoided had the owner sought treat­ment sooner,” she said.

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