Animal cruelty results in long ban
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.