The owner of a severely malnourished and neglected dog in Western Australia was fined $4,000 and banned from owning any pets for the next ten years on Friday morning after appearing in Midland Magistrate’s Court.
According to the West Australian News, Sean Fenn, 21, was charged with failing to take reasonable steps to alleviate harm to the dog named Angel as well as to a pet rat, after the RSPCA received a complaint about the condition of animals being kept at Fenn’s Midland property in Perth in January 2020.
When authorities arrived and asked Fenn why Angel was so malnourished, the dog’s owner stated Angel had worms. Two months later, when rescuers returned to the property to check on the dog, her condition had further deteriorated and the dog was removed on March 4. A physical examination revealed Angel had suffered an injury to her vulva.
Veterinarians scored Angel’s body condition as a two out of nine, and when further examined it was found the dog’s injuries had occurred at least a month earlier and was not the result of having given birth since the dog had not been pregnant. Fortunately, Angel was able to be helped and her health has greatly improved.
In addition to the fine, Fenn has also been ordered to pay $28,000 in court costs. Fenn failed to show up to court for a hearing in September and again earlier this month; both times resulting in his arrest on a warrant.
Report cruelty by calling 1300 278 358 or online.
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