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Woman guilty of animal cruelty given life ban 

Date July 12, 2013


  Rosemary Donovan has been found guilty of 24 animal cruelty charges. Her mother Kim was acquitted. Rosemary Donovan was found guilty of 24 animal cruelty charges. Her mother Kim was acquitted. Photo: Catherine Botman
 

A Western Australian woman has been banned from owning an animal for life after being found guilty of 24 animal cruelty charges.

Rosemary  Muriel Donovan, 24, was handed the minimum sentence for all 24 charges;  $48,000 and ordered to pay more than $2700 in vet bills for the animals  confiscated from the family property in Mandurah in July 2011.

Her mother  Kim, who was acquitted of 24 charges, now faces the proposition of  having no animals at her home or asking Rosemary, her full-time carer,  to move out.
  Conditions inside Rosemary Donovan's house. Conditions inside Rosemary Donovan's house.

It was argued that by imposing a permanent prohibition on Ms Donovan, her mother Kim who suffer the same fate.

But  it was established Ms Donovan's mother Kim faced the prospect of  lengthy hospital stays and that it would then be Ms Donovan that would  be left to care for any animals in her mother's absence.

Magistrate  Vivien Edwards said evidence showed Ms Donovan had a "total disregard"  for all animals found at her property and that she failed to comply with  instructions from the RSPCA.

  Two emaciated dogs at Ms Donovan's property. Two emaciated dogs at Ms Donovan's property.
 
Counsel for Ms Donovan argued that  it was not an "active neglect" but rather Ms Donovan had been busy at  Royal Perth Hospital with her mother when the RSPCA inspected the  property.

But RSPCA lawyers argued the animals found at the  property had suffered for a prolonged period of time and that Ms  Donovan could have taken steps the alleviate the animals' suffering.

The  court heard a rabbit found at the Donovans Coodanup property had  swelling to its face, causing a discharge from the nose that would have  been apparent for months.

That rabbit was later euthanised.

Another rabbit found at the home had wounds that required extensive surgery before the animal later died.

Some guinea pigs at the property were found walking over decomposed animal bodies in their cages.

Magistrate  Edwards said given the evidence put forward, it could not be accepted  that the animals suffered as a result of a single hospital stay when the  property was inspected.

Magistrate Edwards said despite Ms Donovan showing no remorse, her actions fell "marginally short" of a term of imprisonment.

Given  Ms Donovan had been unable to work since the age of 14 and is currently  on a carer's pension for her mother, Magistrate Edwards fined Ms  Donovan the minimum penalty for each of the 24 charges.

An order was made for all animals at the family's Coodanup property to be removed by RSPCA inspectors in seven days.

Ms  Donovan will also have her property inspected by the RSPCA randomly  every three months and an order was made for any animal found at the  property to be confiscated.

Outside court RSPCA spokesperson Tim Mayne said he was happy Ms Donovan had been banned from owning an animal for life.

He thanked his inspectors and team for their work in the case.

- Mandurah Mail
 
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