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A 28-year-old woman from the Central West has faced court for aggravated cruelty in relation to five dogs who died inside her home and failing to provide veterinary treatment to another dog found emaciated and alive in the backyard. The woman, from Condobolin, was sentenced at Queanbeyan Local Court on May 9 after she pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated cruelty, leading to the death of the five dogs. She also pleaded guilty to one count of failing to provide proper and sufficient food, and two counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment to the one surviving dog found on the property. The defendant was sentenced to an aggregate term of 18 months’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of nine months, and prohibited from owning or caring for any animal for 10 years. On February 10, 2021, RSPCA NSW inspectors executed a search warrant at the woman’s house, in the company of NSW Police and Local Government council rangers. Inside, inspectors found the remains of two white dogs in the loungeroom, covered in live maggots. On further inspection, the remains of a dog’s leg were uncovered beneath rubbish littered across the floor. The remains of a third dog were found in the front bedroom of the property which had little skin left, barely covering the neglected animal’s bones. In the same room, a deceased puppy was found lying on the skeletal remains of another dog, bringing the total of deceased animals inside the property to five. The brindle Bull Arab dog found alive in the yard was seized and presented to Forbes Veterinary Clinic for immediate vet treatment. The examining veterinarian declared the Bull Arab to be in a very thin condition, weighing 27.2 kilograms on arrival, and determined that there had been a failure to provide proper and sufficient food to the dog for a minimum of two weeks. The dog also required veterinary treatment for 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. Magistrate Clisdell, sitting in the Local Court at Queanbeyan recalled his knowledge of summer temperatures in Condobolin having sat there as a magistrate for some time. Upon sentencing the defendant to a custodial sentence, he reflected upon the disturbing fact that the five dogs died in a cruel and painful manner and noted neglect of this sort calls for serious punishment. RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector Scott Meyers also condemned the abuse and neglect. “The defendant 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 neighborhood 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 Bull Arab dog recovered in the care of RSPCA NSW and has since been adopted. If you have animal welfare concerns, call RSPCA NSW to investigate on 1300 CRUELTY. To read more stories, download the Central Western Daily news app in the Apple Store or Google Play. HAVE YOUR SAY Send a letter to the editor using the form below:

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