Vet Guilty Of 'Deeply Troubling' Animal Neglect
A Queensland vet has admitted failing to treat his dog's painful dental disease for more than a year and keeping other animals in appalling conditions.
Dr David Bruce Ziebell's told a court on Monday he "got behind".
Southport Magistrates Court heard an RSPCA raid in October found animals dead or in "appalling" conditions at Zeibell's Jimboomba property south of Brisbane.
The RSPCA alleges a budgie was found with no water and an 11-year-old border terrier dog was being kept on a verandah littered with faeces, birdcage waste and a dead rat.
The dog, "Cullie", was also in severe pain from dental disease.
Ziebell, 51, admitted she had suffered with it for more than a year and he failed to treat her.
The dental disease was so advanced, RSPCA vets had to remove most of Cullie's teeth.
Dozens of other animals also had no water and were confined to "disgusting conditions" -- knee deep in putrid mud and housed with other animal carcasses.
Ziebell's solicitor told the court his client was a capable and dedicated veterinary surgeon who simply did not have his house in order.
However, the magistrate found the fact Ziebell was a registered veterinary surgeon "deeply troubling".
Ziebell was pleaded guilty to three counts of animal neglect.
He was fined $2000, ordered to pay almost $6000 in costs and banned from owning pets for two years.
Despite pleading guilty to animal neglect, Ziebell applied for Cullie to be returned to his care, a request refused by the court.
Outside court, Ziebell declined to comment.
RSPCA prosecutor Tracey Jackson said she was relieved Cullie had not been given back to the vet.
"Perhaps the most pleasing part ... Cullie gets to enjoy the rest of her life. She has done very well on foster care and now gets to go to her forever home," she said.