Canberrans have been urged to ensure their animals have access to food, water and shelter after two mistreated pets were rescued from a Lyons home.
Officers from Woden and Tuggeranong police stations entered the residence’s backyard on Wednesday (19 July), where they first found a goat that had no shelter or water source.
Further investigations gave police a reason to exercise their emergency powers to enter the home under the ACT Animal Welfare Act.
Inside they found a malnourished three-month-old puppy.
Officers could not find any evidence the animals were being cared for, with no bowls for food or water found inside the residence.
ACT Domestic Animals Services removed the puppy and goat from the home.
In a separate incident a Queensland couple, who used to live in the Canberra suburb of Gordon, have been summoned to appear at ACT Magistrates Court on three animal welfare charges following an investigation by RSPCA Inspectors.
An RSPCA ACT statement said it’s alleged the pair failed to take action to stop the “prolonged starvation” of their Dachshund and didn’t ensure it received appropriate care for its wellbeing.
They’re scheduled to appear on 26 July.