Hot dog lands woman in hot wa­ter

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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