Armadale man leaves injured dog to die
In the Armadale Magistrate Court Peter Campbell FLEMING (44) of Armadale pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable steps to alleviate a dog from suffering.
Mr Fleming was sentenced to pay a $4,000 fine and $1,208 in costs and prohibited from having contact with animals for 10 years.
Mr Fleming accidentally hit Radar, his 10 year old cattle dog cross, with his vehicle and rather than seek vet treatment left him to suffer.
Following the accident Radar was kept inside but when he started to lose control of his bowels Mr Fleming moved him to the backyard. By this stage Radar was dragging himself on the ground to move.
A number of weeks after the incident it was reported to the RSPCA WA cruelty line by a member of the public. On the day of the report one of our inspectors attended the property. At the time Mr Fleming told the inspector that he could not afford vet treatment.
The inspector found Radar lying and panting in the backyard, making no attempt to get up.
Radar was surrendered to RSPCA WA and transported to a vet where it was identified he suffered spinal cord trauma and deep abrasions. Due to his condition he was euthanised.
RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift said having got to old age Radar did not deserve to suffer this badly in the last few weeks of his life.
"It happens all too often, when an animal reaches old age and requires more of their owners' time and attention that they are abandoned in their time of need.
"Old age is not an excuse for cruelty.
"As a pet owner it is your responsibility to seek vet treatment if your pet is injured or requires assistance.
"It is not appropriate to do nothing and leave an animal in significant pain," Chief Inspector Swift.