Ir­re­spon­si­ble dog owner in­curs fine

Canning Times - - CRIME WATCH -

A THORNLIE woman whose mal­nour­ished and flea-rid­den dog was seized by the RSPCA in April has been fined $5000 and barred from be­ing in con­tact with an­i­mals for three years.

RSCPA WA in­spec­tors re­ported Lily, a staffy­cross, as be­ing in a very poor con­di­tion when they were called to a Thornlie prop­erty by peo­ple con­cerned for the dog’s health.

They said the dog’s spine, hips and ribs were vis­i­ble, her coat in­fested with fleas and she had a uri­nary tract in­fec­tion.

Speak­ing af­ter the woman was sen­tenced in Ar­madale Mag­is­trates Court on Tues­day, RSPCA WA Chief In­spec­tor Amanda Swift said she was pleased the woman had been held to ac­count for al­low­ing Lily to suf­fer.

“She has shirked her re­spon­si­bil­ity to look af­ter Lily and now pays a hefty price,” Ms Swift said.

“Lily was par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble as she re­lied solely on her owner for ba­sic care.

“Her suf­fer­ing was very ap­par­ent and could have eas­ily been avoided had her owner pro­vided food, wa­ter and sim­ple pest treat­ment for fleas, which can be eas­ily found in any su­per­mar­ket.”

Lily will re­main in the care of the RSPCA un­til a new home is found.

“We’re so glad she’s made a full re­cov­ery and can now be re­homed with a lov­ing fam­ily. We’re thank­ful to the com­mu­nity for re­port­ing Lily’s con­di­tion to us be­fore it got worse,” Ms Swift said.

“If you can’t pro­vide for your pets, seek help – don’t sub­ject them to un­nec­es­sary harm.”

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