Woman Banned From Owning Pets After Poodle Left Blind, Maggot-Infested
A poodle found infested with maggots was so sick that she needed immediate euthanasia, the RSPCA said, with the dog's 68-year-old owner now banned from owning pets for three years.
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The RSPCA said the woman, from Bass Hill in Sydney's south-west, had brought her poodle crossbreed Bella to a clinic on Valentine's Day this year.
The RSPCA veterinarian ruled that it was cruel to keep the dog alive because "she was in such a poor physical condition."
"The dog was presented in a moribund state to the point where Bella was unable to sit, stand, or respond to any stimulus and was incontinent," the RSPCA claimed.
The findings claimed Bella was found to be severely underweight, nearly emaciated, with maggots in her ear canal, eye and mouth, and her skin described as 'necrotic'.
The RSPCA said it would have been difficult for the dog to eat, see, hear or move.
Bella's owner had claimed the maggots were "only just a recent thing", but the RSPCA vet alleged that the maggots would have been on the dog for at least four days prior, infesting in her decaying flesh.
"In a certificate of expert evidence, the examining veterinarian offered the expert opinion that there was a failure to provide necessary veterinary treatment for poor body condition for a period of not less than seven days prior to the examination, causing unnecessary pain and suffering to the dog," the RSPCA said.
"There was also a failure to provide necessary veterinary treatment for myiasis (maggot infestations) and the underlying cause of damage to the skin of the dog."
The RSPCA said the 68-year-old woman had pleaded guilty to, and has since been convicted of, a charge of aggravated cruelty in Bankstown Local Court on Tuesday.
"The woman was sentenced to an 18-month conditional release order subject to conditions that she is of good behaviour and appears before the court if called upon," an RSPCA statement of the court findings read.
"She also received a prohibition order banning her from purchasing, acquiring, taking possession or custody of any animal for three years."
The magistrate spoke of the woman's "willful blindness" to the dog's suffering and said it should have been clear that Bella required euthanasia well before she was brought to the vet clinic.
RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector Scott Meyers said the case was "distressing"
"There is no excuse to allow animals entrusted in your care to live in continued pain and suffering," he said in a statement.
"In the condition that the dog was presented, she would have struggled to eat, see, hear, and move. It is your duty as a responsible pet owner to provide adequate care for your animals, including making tough decisions with their welfare in front of mind."