An­i­mal cru­elty re­sults in long ban

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

A MERRIWA man has been fined and banned from hav­ing dogs for 10 years af­ter plead­ing guilty to two counts of an­i­mal cru­elty.

The man was sen­tenced in Joon­dalup Mag­is­trates Court on Septem­ber 5 on charges re­lat­ing to his dogs, Max and Mar­ley, which an RSPCA in­spec­tor seized in May 2017.

The man has been fined $4000 and is re­quired to pay to­tal costs of $10,773.60, in­clud­ing $7725.69 in court costs and $3047.91 in vet­eri­nary care costs.

He is also pro­hib­ited from be­ing in charge of any dog for 10 years.

Both dogs have been for­feited to the Crown and will be re­homed. They have been in RSPCA care since May 2017 and have made a slow but full re­cov­ery.

“While we are pleased that Max and Mar­ley’s owner has been held to ac­count for what he has done to his dogs, it doesn’t re­move the pain and suf­fer­ing th­ese dogs have been through,” RSPCA WA chief in­spec­tor Amanda Swift said.

“Max and Mar­ley were par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble, as they re­lied solely on their owner to pro­vide ba­sic care and vet treat­ment which could have al­le­vi­ated their suf­fer­ing con­sid­er­ably.

“This is a re­minder to all pet own­ers that if you can’t pro­vide for your pets, ask for help rather than sub­ject­ing them to un­nec­es­sary dis­tress.”

In May 2017, an in­spec­tor re­sponded to a re­port from a con­cerned mem­ber of the pub­lic that two dogs had been aban­doned in a yard. They had been de­prived of food for sev­eral weeks.

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