A woman’s two pet dogs were found infested with fleas and hookworm and severely underweight in another case of animal cruelty.
The 36-year-old’s Whippet and Kelpie crossbreeds were found at her Muswellbrook property in December 2017, weighing just 14.5 and 12 kilograms, respectively.
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Their ideal weight is between 18-20kg.
The dogs were taken to the RSPCA vet where they were found to also be crusted with flea dirt.
“The vet found the dogs had not been adequately fed for at least four weeks,” the RSPCA said in a statement.
Within seven weeks with the RSPCA, the dogs had gained weight well within their ideal weight.
When the RSPCA returned to the property in January last year, 12 chickens, two of which had starved to death, were seized and taken into care.
All the live chickens were found to have lice and worms.
They had not been properly fed for at least four weeks and two of them had severe scale deformity from leg mites.
One of the chickens later died after being in intensive care.
Dirt and grit were found in the stomachs of all three dead chickens.
“These two dogs were seized on a 40°C day. As we move into a very dry, hot summer, RSPCA NSW reminds animal owners of their obligations to provide proper and sufficient food and water to their animals,” RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector Scott Meyers said.
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“Where we receive complaints, we will investigate and seize animals to provide them with veterinary treatment and to protect them from further acts of cruelty. We take that job very seriously.”
“We thank members of the community for proactively reporting cases of cruelty to us. It is through your support that we are able to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty offenders.”
The woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday for committing multiple acts of cruelty towards the dogs and chickens.
She was sentenced to an 18-month community corrections order and fined $3000.
She is banned from keeping or buying any animal for five years and was made to pay a further $3000 in vet costs to the RSPCA.
Both the dogs and all nine chickens have since been adopted.