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Spearwood puppy dealer fined $34,000 for animal cruelty. 27.11.2012
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2012, 11:49:18 PM »
Spearwood puppy dealer fined $34,000 for animal cruelty   
  • From:  AAP 
  • November 27, 2012
A BACKYARD dog dealer has been permanently banned from keeping more than one dog and fined $34,000 after being convicted of 17 animal cruelty charges.
Fay Marie Armstrong, who kept dogs at her home in Spearwood and a rural property, was also ordered to pay court costs of $9507 after charges were brought against her by WA Consumer Protection in Perth Magistrates Court.

The charges followed the execution of a search warrant on two properties in October 2010, which found dogs and puppies in poor health and living in appalling conditions.

The court heard seven dogs were kept in small airline travel crates in one bedroom of the Spearwood property, where there was a strong urine smell and little fresh air.

All the animals were malnourished and dehydrated and one was suffering from a serious eye injury.

At the rural property, inspectors found kennels covered in faeces and water bowls polluted with urine, faeces and dead flies.

WA consumer protection commissioner Anne Driscoll said keeping animals in such conditions was unacceptable.

"We welcome the Courts decision to ban Ms Armstrong from keeping more than one dog which curtails her dog selling activities," Ms Driscoll said.

"We would caution consumers to only deal with reputable breeders and demand to see a veterinarians report or to have pets they plan to purchase examined or certified by a veterinarian to help ensure they are healthy at the time of sale."