Busted for starv­ing Buster

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - BEN PIKE

WHEN Buster stag­gered into the An­i­mal Wel­fare League’s Kemps Creek clinic he was half his nor­mal body weight and close to death.

Eleven months later the en­er­getic Stafford­shire bull ter­rier is fit, healthy and look­ing for a lov­ing home.

And his for­mer owner has been brought to jus­tice.

An­i­mal Wel­fare League In­spec­tor Alexan­dra Rowe said he was “just skin and bones”.

Buster’s for­mer owner, a 37year-old wo­man from Liver­pool, was charged with an­i­mal cru­elty and or­dered to ap­pear at Liver­pool Lo­cal Court. She failed to show but was con­victed of one charge of fail­ing to pro­vide food to an an­i­mal and fined $2200.

“I be­lieve the out­come of this case was fair; it was a midrange fine for this of­fence,” Insp Rowe said. Buster is now avail­able for adop­tion.

Buster the staffy has re­cov­ered from his or­deal.

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