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Starve a dog and pay only $1750

By weeziepops - 19 July 2012 32

The Canberra Times reports that a Canberra woman has been fined $1,750 in relation to animal cruelty and neglect. 

Over a period of time the RSPCA sought to assist the woman to care for the animal appropriately, ultimately leading to a decision to take the dog from her. 

Seeing the pictures of the animal, its condition is apalling – emaciated seems like an understatement and it must have taken some time to get to that state.  I am wondering – if this woman is receiving government benefits, will she have to pay the fine from that or use it as an excuse to get out of paying this pathetically low sum of money?  

She cites mental illness as a reason for her cruelty so perhaps court ordered counselling might also ensure she understands her responsibility for this crime.  In any case, I think the $1,750 should go to the RSPCA and she should be banned from ever owning another pet.

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Starve a dog and pay only $1750
weeziepops 5:05 pm 19 Jul 12

Not double standards at all. She deliberately owned a pet which she mistreated. She didn’t accidentally injure it. She starved it. She had help from the RSPCA and she starved that dog.

Holden Caulfield 5:00 pm 19 Jul 12

weeziepops said :

Boo, Holden – this person deserves no sympathy and no second chance. If the dog survives this abuse it will suffer from health problems, physical and mental, for the rest of its life. Would you have compassion for this poor soul if it had been a child? It’s a smaller step than you might think.

Okay, I’ve no dramas at all with the sympathy for the dog, which we now understand is on the way to recovery thanks to the RSPCA.

Yet, if we take the CT article at face value, the defendant was involved in a car accident and has subsequently suffered mental health issues for 18 months. Yet, according to you, she deserves no sympathy or understanding that her health concerns could have contributed to her mistreatment of the dog.

Double standards much?

Jethro 4:46 pm 19 Jul 12

“Over a period of time the RSPCA sought to assist the woman to care for the animal appropriately.”

So they new the animal was being mistreated but let her keep it anyway? Surely this could have been avoided if they had properly intervened earlier.

weeziepops 3:12 pm 19 Jul 12

Boo, Holden – this person deserves no sympathy and no second chance. If the dog survives this abuse it will suffer from health problems, physical and mental, for the rest of its life. Would you have compassion for this poor soul if it had been a child? It’s a smaller step than you might think.

schmeah 2:43 pm 19 Jul 12

Holden Caulfield said :

”I’m here today because I didn’t carry out my responsibilities and I should be punished for that,” she said.

Reckon she might deserve a second chance.

Please, any monkey can read a statement prepared by a legal representative. That poor dog, wasting away every day while the RSPCA could do nothing but ask the owner is he was being fed .. unbelievable. And given that there had been complaints about the animal – one can only assume that neighbours at some stage may have thrown food over the fence, hence why the poor dog didn’t end up as worm food earlier. Terrible.

schmeah 2:40 pm 19 Jul 12

boo said :

It seems she admitted responsibility and pled guilty. She has also undertaken not to own another animal. And I doubt $1,750 is a small amount to her. I think a little compassion for a woman at a low point in her life wouldn’t go astray.

There are a lot of good people, suffering from mental illnesss, who cherish their animals as companions during difficult times – who manage to walk them and feed them. I have no compassion for any individual who lets an animal get to such a state of neglect, despite the reported offers of assistance from the relevant animal welfare bodies. It’s just laziness, selfishness and all-round-dumb behaviour .. mental illness is not an excuse.

maniac 2:24 pm 19 Jul 12

Fantastic that she will never own an animal again.

But mental illness is no excuse for starving an animal to death. It is pure hate and spite to do that to another living creature. There is no excuse for that.

JazzyJess 2:06 pm 19 Jul 12

Based on my admittedly limited experience with such matters (primarily confined to watching RSPCA Animal Rescue) I’ve often wondered why the RSPCA doesn’t take more decisive action. They always seem to give at least two or three notices to the owner. I imagine in some cases the owner complies but usually the situation just gets worse. So sad. At least the owner admitted guilt.

Holden Caulfield 1:07 pm 19 Jul 12

Banned from owning another pet? Maybe, but at least she wasn’t trying to weasel her way out of the charges:

”I’m here today because I didn’t carry out my responsibilities and I should be punished for that,” she said.

Reckon she might deserve a second chance.

As for the $1750 fine, what do you get for DUI or GBH?

EvanJames 1:01 pm 19 Jul 12

If it was a kid, citing “mental illness” wouldn’t get her out of it, so I am buggered if I know why an animal that depends on her is different. It’s a shame the RSPCA didn’t take stronger action sooner. That poor animal, day after day after day, jesus.

Antagonist 12:40 pm 19 Jul 12

Oh dear. ‘Emaciated’ is indeed an understatement.

PM 12:40 pm 19 Jul 12

She must be a public servant…

boo 12:33 pm 19 Jul 12

It seems she admitted responsibility and pled guilty. She has also undertaken not to own another animal. And I doubt $1,750 is a small amount to her. I think a little compassion for a woman at a low point in her life wouldn’t go astray.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/woman-fined-1750-over-emaciated-dog-20120718-22avf.html

weeziepops 12:33 pm 19 Jul 12
Antagonist 12:08 pm 19 Jul 12

“… Seeing the pictures of the animal, its condition is apalling …”

What pics? Didn’t happen.

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