Woman Banned From Having Pets After Dead Dog Found Under Laundry

WARNING DISTRESSING CONTENT: A West Australian woman has been sentenced after her dog was found dead under a pile of laundry from being severely malnourished.

The 27-year-old was convicted and sentenced on Wednesday at Albany Magistrates Court for animal cruelty to her eight-year-old mastiff cross named Dharma.

She was fined $3500 and ordered to pay legal costs of $941. She is also banned from having pets for a decade.

“It is inexcusable to let your family pet suffer so badly like poor Dharma, and to not seek medical help for obvious suffering. This poor dog’s last days would have been torturous,” RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift said.

The RSPCA was alerted to the situation by a concerned resident in January. On a search of the property, RSPCA Inspectors found Dharma dead, partially hidden under a pile of laundry.

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“An autopsy revealed that Dharma had suffered from emaciation, with a body score of one out of nine, atrophy of the bone marrow and pancreatic atrophy,” RSPCA WA said in a statement.


“The dog also suffered from suspected pneumonia, which was very likely caused by starvation, and an infected penis. The autopsy report concluded that Dharma’s cause of death was related to pneumonia and life-threatening emaciation.”

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Swift said this was a timely reminder to ask for assistance when looking after pets.

“Nobody should ever let their pets down in this way - they rely on you for their every need.

“And if you see an animal that you think could be suffering, please report it immediately - you are our eyes and ears on the ground.”

Cruelty reports can be made to the RSPCA Cruelty Hotline on 1300 CRUELTY (278 358).