Maylands woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty
PETA BRIEN (53) formerly of Maylands was sentenced to a one year community based order and prohibited from owning an animal for 20 years in the Perth Magistrates Court this morning.
She was also ordered to pay costs of $1,083.12
Ms Brien was convicted of animal cruelty offences in relation to two dogs by failing to provide sufficient food and water and failing to take steps to alleviate harm.
In October 2013, RSPCA WA Inspectors found the two dogs abandoned at a property in Maylands with no food and only a small amount of water that had green algae.
Both dogs (Little Man and Big Girl), were emaciated, however Little Man (two year old Maltese Shitzu cross) was found lying lifeless on a blanket and whining. He was emaciated, dehydrated and with severely matted fur. He had conjunctivitis and ulcerated eyes, grass seeds embedded in his skin causing severe infection and maggots in and around his genitals and anus.
RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift said the prohibition order imposed is appropriate as a person who treats their dogs like this does not deserve the privilege of owning one.
"These dogs were starving and had been abandoned and there overall health had started to suffer as a result of malnourishment.
"Dogs are completely reliant on their owners for all their requirements. Food and water is an absolute necessity, not an option, you must ensure your pets are fed and have access to clean, fresh water.
"And if your pets health declines you must take them to a vet and seek treatment, it is not ok to leave them untreated and suffering," Chief Inspector Swift said.
Sadly, both dogs were euthanised.