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: Port Augusta SA woman convicted of animal cruelty- starves two dogs
: WA Export News October 01, 2014, 07:56:30 PM
 Local woman convicted of animal cruelty

Sept. 30, 2014, 11:30 p.m.

The accused appeared in the Port Augusta Magistrates Court for sentencing.A Port Augusta woman has been convicted of ill treatment of an animal, after failing to provide food to her severely starved pet American Bulldog in 2013.

The accused appeared in the Port Augusta Magistrates Court for sentencing on Tuesday, September 23.

Magistrate Melanie Little sentenced the defendant to 140 hours of community service, to be completed over nine months.

She is also forbidden from acquiring or having custody of an animal for two years.

The RSPCA sought legal action against the woman after receiving reports of two dogs in poor condition at the defendant's address on May 7, 2013.

A council inspector attended the property on behalf of the RSPCA, where the woman showed the inspector the two dogs of concern.

She agreed to surrender one male American Bulldog, Zeus, which the inspector reported to be in a very skinny condition.

After taking the dog to a local vet for assessment, it was found to have a body condition score of just one out of nine - the worst score an animal can receive with regards to emaciation.

During sentencing, Magistrate Little said she found photos of Zeus in his emaciated condition "distressing", telling the woman there was no excuse for her actions.

"Animals in care of people must be appropriately treated," Magistrate Little said.

"As soon as you realise you can't look after it, you need to surrender it."

Magistrate Little took the woman's "strong personal factors" into consideration when delivering her sentence, which included severe depression and mental health issues.

While this is but another sad story of animal welfare neglect, in this case, there is a happy ending.

Zeus was taken in for care by the RSPCA and took 11 weeks to recover from his severe emaciation.

By July 25, 2013 he weighed 38.4 kilograms and was rated a body score of five out of nine - which is in the healthy range.

In October 2013 the two-year-old dog American Bulldog, now named Diesel, was successfully re-homed by RSPCA South Australia from their Lonsdale shelter, and is now happy and healthy living with his new family.

The RSPCA reminds the Port Augusta Community to report any acts of animal cruelty to RSPCA South Australia's 24-hour hotline on 1300 4 777 22. (