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Couple fined in ‘abhorrent' dog abuse case
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2012, 06:52:42 PM »
Thu Jan 19 2012
A Queensland couple have been charged and fined $7000 after their dog was left with an untreated lesion on its head for several months.

Daniel and Kym Rach, from Mt Gravatt in Brisbane's south, appeared in Holland Park Magistrates Court on Friday charged with breaching their duty of care under the state's Animal Care and Protection Act (2001), the Courier Mail reported.

The dog, a tan German shepherd called Cub, had been suffering with the lesion for several months when it was seized and then euthanased by the RSPCA.

“It was a particularly abhorrent case,” RSPCA Queensland inspector Annabel Buchanan said.

"Everybody at the RSPCA was really shocked at the condition of the dog.”

Magistrate Colin Strofield, who did not record a conviction for the couple, said their failure to have the dog treated was "inexplicable and reprehensible" but took into account their early guilty plea.

Lawyer Angelo Venardos said the couple were remorseful and had not taken the dog to a vet because of Mr Rach's phobia of doctors.

The couple has been banned from owning a dog for three years.