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Justin Whitwell, 44, and Franklyn Thomas Hunt, 50, conviicted of animal cruelty
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2014, 01:58:04 PM »
Two convicted of animal cruelty after leaving dog to die in Gosnells 

Updated 19 Sep 2014, 1:24pmFri 19 Sep 2014, 1:24pm

Two men have been convicted of animal cruelty for leaving a dog to die after it had been run over and then beaten.

The dog, named Puppy, was run over on April 16 in Gosnells, south-east Perth, and left in a cardboard box by her owner to die from her injuries.

Gosnells men Justin Whitwell, 44, and Franklyn Thomas Hunt, 50, were convicted in the Armadale Magistrates Court of animal cruelty after the RSPCA investigated the incident.

The RSPCA said one witness saw Hunt pick up the dog after it had been run over.

The dog snapped at him and he threw it to the ground, bent over and began to punch it repeatedly.

Puppy's owner, Whitwell, arrived at the scene with a cardboard box, picked the dog up and then left her inside the box until she passed away the following morning.

"When investigated by an RSPCA inspector as to why Mr Hunt and Mr Whitwell didn't take Puppy to the vet for treatment, Mr Whitwell indicated that he was not able to afford it," a statement from the RSPCA said.

"Mr Hunt stated that he didn't know there was a vet open at that time of the evening."

Hunt was fined $6,000 and Whitwell $2,500 plus more than $1,600 in court costs.

Both men have been prohibited from owning a pet for 10 years.

In a statement, RSPCA chief inspector Amanda Swift said both men were irresponsible.

"Puppy was clearly suffering terribly from the impact of the vehicle," she said.

"Again we remind people, pet ownership comes with responsibilities.

"If you are unable to meet these for any reason, then please, do not get a pet.
"If you can no longer afford or care for your pet then seek out alternatives whether that be through family, friends or a rescue organisation."
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