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.