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Fined over animal cruelty

Dogs found at a South Grafton property were malnourished and riddled with worms.
Dogs found at a South Grafton property were malnourished and riddled with worms.

A SOUTH Grafton woman has been convicted and fined after pleading guilty to four charges of animal cruelty.

Cindy Skinner appeared at Grafton Local Court on Monday where she pleaded guilty to four charges of animal cruelty involving two of her dogs.

The court heard an RSPCA Inspector responded to a complaint about neglected dogs on February 14 this year.

The inspector located an emaciated male bull mastiff crossbreed dog tied to a veranda.

On entering the property, the inspector found the dog was too weak to stand and was seized for urgent veterinary attention.

The dog required treatment for life-threatening anaemia due to malnutrition and an overwhelming intestinal worm burden.

The inspector returned to Ms Skinner's premises on February 21 and found a female crossbreed pit bull with five puppies in poor condition.

These animals were also seized for veterinary attention.

Following examination the female pit bull was found to be well under weight. She was treated for a massive internal worm burden.

Ms Skinner pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to provide proper and sufficient food and two counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment.

Ms Skinner was convicted and placed on a Section 9 bond for 12 months. She was ordered to pay $83 Court costs and $10,091.50 veterinary and boarding costs.

Ms Skinner has been prohibited from owning animals for 12 months.

Topics:  animal cruelty, rspca




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