Hot dog lands woman in hot water
A 50-YEAR-OLD woman has been given a $1000, 12-month good behaviour bond for breaching her duty of care to an animal by failing to provide for it.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith told the court that police attended Denise Michelle Nebesny’s residence at 6pm on May 5 after receiving reports of a dog that had been locked inside a van for some time.
Police entered the vehicle and found a dog panting on a foam mattress, which it had chewed in boredom.
Nebesny explained to police that as her landlord wouldn’t let her keep pets, she had to keep the dog in the van.
Police later re-attended, found the dog still living in the van and issued Nebesny with a notice to appear. Defence solicitor Zoe Craven, of ATSI Legal Services, told the court Nebesny was providing for the dog with water and food and taking it on regular walks. “She accepts that ultimately wasn’t appropriate and that she needed to take further steps,” Ms Craven said.
Ms Craven told the court that at the time of the offending, Nebesny was encountering financial difficulty and could not afford to find the dog another place to live.