Woman Who Left Kitten's Fractured Leg Untreated For Weeks Avoids Conviction
The RSPCA began investigating Jenny Jung, 26, after she failed to return to a veterinary clinic for further treatment for her injured 14-week-old kitten, Chanel.
In November, Jung took Chanel to the vet where she was given one day's pain relief and told to return the following day for ongoing treatment.
She was contacted by the RSPCA just under a week later when she told the representative Chanel was "fine" and did not require treatment, the RSPCA said.
Jung was ordered by the RSPCA officer to make a veterinary appointment for an x-ray, which later revealed Chanel had a seriously displaced fractured leg.
The RSPCA alleged that upon her return to her North Parramatta home in Sydney, Chanel was not given any further treatment or pain relief.
A week later, after Jung contacted the RSPCA NSW Veterinary Hospital following an unsuccessful attempt to locate her and the kitten, Chanel was seized for immediate treatment.
"An RSPCA veterinarian concluded the kitten suffered significant pain and discomfort caused by the fractured bone rubbing on surrounding soft tissue during the time its leg was left untreated," the RSPCA said on Wednesday.
"The veterinary report also found that the kitten required daily pain relief and cage rest at a bare minimum, neither of which was pursued by Ms Jung."
On Tuesday, Jung appeared in Parramatta local court charged with animal cruelty.
A magistrate found the offence was proved and imposed a 12-month community release order, as well as banning Jung from owning any animals for a period of two years.
She was also ordered to pay more than $2000 in vet bills.
Magistrate Crittenden did not order a conviction but said the penalty was a message to Jung and the community.
“I don’t consider this to be at the bottom end of the scale, taking into account the amount of pain the animal was in,” Crittenden said.
“The RSPCA perform an incredibly important role in providing protection for animals in NSW. They need to be supported in that regard, not ignored."
RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector Scott Meyers said pet owners are wholly responsible for seeking medical attention for their pets.
"This kitten should have been treated immediately and it is unacceptable she suffered for so long due to her owner’s carelessness," Meyers said.
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