Lynwood man fined for breaking prohibition against owning an animal

Lynwood man fined for breaking prohibition against owning an animal

A Lynwood man has been fined for keeping a dog while serving a ten year ban for cruelty.

Justin WHITWELL was banned from owning an animal and fined $2,500 after he pleaded guilty to failing to provide veterinary care for his dog in 2013.

Whitwell was reported to have a small male cross breed dog and was charged with breaking the prohibition order. He again pleaded guilty in the Armadale Magistrate's Court and was fined $250 and given 14 days to rehome the dog.

Chief Inspector Amanda Swift says people prohibited from owning an animal must respect the court's penalty.

"This sends a message to Mr Whitwell, and any other members of the community who have been prohibited from owning animals. People will report you.

"If necessary further action will be taken."

RSPCA WA offered to rehome the dog, but Mr Whitwell rehomed the dog with his employer.

Whitwell was originally banned from owning an animal for ten years following an incident where his female Jack Russell cross was hit by a car and punched by a witness to the accident.

Whitwell took the animal home in a box where it died.

The vet who conducted the post mortem said the dog had significant fractures, haemorrhages, and other injuries but had she received immediate treatment, she would have stood a chance of recovering or at least, pain relief could have been administered.

"It is absolutely vital that animals are provided with veterinary treatment when they are injured," Ms Swift said. "Failure to provide this can result in prosecution."

If you witness any animal cruelty or neglect, please take action and report it to the RSPCA WA on 1300 CRUELTY or www.rspcawa.asn.au.