A WOMAN has been convicted for animal cruelty offences after two dogs were discovered "severely emaciated" in a Central Coast backyard.
In December two RSPCA NSW inspectors attended a Green Point property in response to a cruelty complaint. The inspectors saw two female dogs, one tri-coloured rough collie and one tan-colour smooth collie, both in poor body condition, according to an agreed facts document tendered to Gosford Local Court.
The two dogs were assessed by the inspectors and seized.
Upon arrival at the RSPCA NSW Hunter Veterinary Hospital the examining vet determined the dogs were severely emaciated. The female tri-colour weighed just 11 kilograms and the female tan colour recorded a weight of 15.5 kilograms.
Both dogs also had mild to moderate flea burden and flea dirt evident in their coats. The veterinary report concluded that both dogs had not been provided sufficient food for no less than two to three weeks and neither had received veterinary treatment for a period of at least six months.
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A 31-year-old Green Point woman was charged and convicted at Gosford Local Court on Thursday, March 11 as a result of the animal cruelty investigation. An RSPCA statement said she had submitted guilty pleas to one count of failing to provide veterinary treatment for poor body condition to her two dogs, as well as one offence of failing to provide proper and sufficient food to the animals in her care.
The woman was fined $1500, with a portion of 50 per cent awarded to RSPCA NSW. Veterinary care and shelter costs of $1000 were also ordered. The woman received a prohibition order banning her from purchasing, acquiring, or taking possession or custody of any animal for two years, with no exceptions.
"Responsible pet ownership starts at an individual level and involves ensuring your pet does not needlessly suffer," said RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector Scott Meyers.
"As a pet owner you, and you alone, are responsible for the welfare of all your animals for the entirety of the time they are in your care, there is no room for excuses."
Both dogs are now in care and have been given a proper diet, with their weight steadily increasing.
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