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Brekky Wrap: Neglected Blind, Deaf Dog Found Living In Own Faeces

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

A man who pleaded guilty leaving his blind and deaf dog untreated has escaped jail. 

Brandy the Fox Terrier was found at 45-year-old Geoffrey Mortensen's Adelaide home suffering enlarged and infected toenails, advanced dental disease, an ear infection, and roundworm infestation. The dog was also living in its own faeces.

Brandy was found to have suffered serious pain over a long period of time.

Brandy the dog. Image: RSPCA South Australia.

Magistrate Brian Nitschke jailed Mortensen on Tuesday for just over six months but suspended the term, placing him on a two-year good-behaviour bond.

A sixth person has been confirmed dead after a volcano erupted on New Zealand’s White Island.

24 Australians were on the Island when ash and smoke flew into the air. Thirteen people are being treated for burns in hospital and 11 others are missing.

Crews are still trying to recover eight people feared dead on the island.

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US President Donald Trump has been charged with two articles of impeachment.

House Democrats unveiled the charges --abuse of power and obstruction of Congress -- in Washington.

Voting on the charges will occur before Christmas.

U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. Image: Tasos Katopodis/ Getty

Western Australia has passed a voluntary assisted dying bill. The bill was approved by the state’s lower house yesterday,  after five hours of debate.

WA becomes just the second Australian state to legalise euthanasia.

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The smoke haze covering Sydney has eased this morning thanks to a southerly wind change after pollution reached 10 times the hazardous level yesterday.

Smoke is expected to linger in Sydney for the next few days as fires continue to burn close to the city.

Five fires north of Sydney are burning at a watch and act level this morning.

View towards Sydney Harbour Bridge on Tuesday morning. Air quality levels in some parts of Sydney were 12 times the hazardous levels. Image: Supplied/Lily Tao

A couple have been charged after a toddler ingested the drug ‘ice’.

The 16-month-old child was taken to Wollongong hospital in September and has since been released into alternate care. The two 30-year-olds will face court today and are known to the child.

Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has died age 61, after a 17-year-long battle with cancer.

The Swedish singer was known for a slew of hits including ‘The Look’ and ‘Joyride’. She performed sold-out shows across Australia in 2012 and 2014.

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Marie Fredriksson, the female half of the Swedish pop duo Roxette, has died, her management agency said Tuesday. She was 61.

Ash Barty has been named ‘Sport Personality of the Year’ at the Australian Institute of Sport Performance Awards last night. She also took out awards for ‘Female Athlete of the Year’ and ‘Sporting Moment of the Year’.

Barty finished this year’s tennis season as world number one.

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