A woman has been fined after abandoning her dog Bull in a barren, filthy yard with no food or water for two weeks.
A local ranger spotted the underweight one-year-old Bull Mastiff while following up reports of an abandoned dog in Narrogin, in the State’s Wheatbelt region, on May 28.
The Narrogin Magistrates Court heard RSPCA WA tracked down the offender, 40, who said she was in Perth and wouldn’t be returning to the Wheatbelt until June 2.
She admitted Bull was hers and said she had owned him since he was a puppy.
She refused to surrender the dog to the RSPCA and, as there was not sufficient cause under the Act for Bull to be seized, the RSPCA instead organised for him to be provided with daily food and water by local rangers.
The offender did not return to the property on June 2. Over the following days she made assurances to the inspector that she was returning and refused offers to surrender Bull who continued to be given food and water by rangers.
The offender was still absent on June 9, at which point the RSPCA was able to seize Bull and transport him to the RSPCA Animal Care Centre in Perth.
Inspector Manager, Kylie Green, said it was unthinkable that people could just go away and leave their animals to fend for themselves.
“It is not ok under any circumstances to abandon your animals,” said Kylie.
“If Bull hadn’t been reported, he would almost certainly have died from thirst and hunger.”
The offender was fined $5000, and ordered to pay extra costs of $259.30.
Bull remains in the care of RSPCA Perth.
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