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A woman has been jailed for shocking animal cruelty crimes after five dead dogs, including a puppy, were discovered inside her home.
Earlier in May, the 28-year-old was sentenced to 18 months’ jail with a non-parole period of nine months by the Queanbeyan Local Court. She was also prohibited from owning or caring for any animal for 10 years.
In February 2021, RSPCA NSW inspectors raided her home with police where they discovered the remains of two white dogs in the loungeroom, covered in maggots.
The remains of a dog’s leg were also uncovered beneath rubbish littered across the floor.
The remains of a third dog were found in a bedroom and it had little skin left, barely covering the neglected animal’s bones, while a dead puppy was found lying on the skeletal remains of a fifth dog in the same room.
A brindle bull Arab dog was found alive in the backyard. It was seized and taken to the Forbes Veterinary Clinic for immediate treatment. The emaciated animal weighed 27.2 kg on arrival and a vet determined there had been a failure to provide proper and sufficient food to the dog for a minimum of two weeks.
The dog also needed help with an untreated hookworm infestation.
“The veterinarian provided an opinion that all five dogs had died having not received proper and sufficient food and water for a period of at least four weeks,” RSPCA NSW said.
The Condobolin woman pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated animal cruelty, one count of failing to provide proper and sufficient food to an animal, and two counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment to an animal.
During sentencing, Magistrate Roger Clisdell said the five dogs died in a cruel and painful manner and noted neglect of this sort called for serious punishment.
RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector Scott Meyers said the woman sentenced these animals to death the moment she decided to leave them alone for weeks to fend for themselves.
“It is devastating to see owners abandoning their pets to starve and dehydrate to death alone in a house,” he said.
“No animal should suffer the same tragic fate of these poor dogs.
“If you suspect animals within your neighbourhood have been left alone with inadequate care, please contact RSPCA NSW immediately so that we can investigate and help these animals before it is too late.”
The surviving bull Arab recovered in the care of RSPCA NSW and has since been adopted.
To contact RSPCA NSW, call 1300 CRUELTY.