Man fined for keeping Husky in cage
Nan (Kevin) ZHAO, 22, from St James was fined $2,000 and prohibited from owning and being in contact with an animal for five years in Perth Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to one count of causing a dog harm.
In April 2015, RSPCA WA received a complaint about a dog at the rear of a property being confined in a very small cage.
An inspector found Lucky, a 15-month-old old female Husky, confined in such a manner that she was unable to raise her head or move around and had no shelter from the elements.
The cage was rusted shut and had to be broken so Lucky could be removed. The cage also had compounded excrement at the bottom of it.
Chief Inspector Amanda Swift said the inspector seized Lucky immediately due to significant concerns she had for her welfare.
"As an animal owner it is your responsibility to provide a living area for your pet which is suitable for the species taking into account their size and the length of time they will spend in there.
"Any area should provide protection from fear, distress, discomfort and weather conditions.
"There must also be enough space to perform their normal behaviours including feeding, resting, playing, exercising, socialising and grooming.
"This is extremely important for an animal's psychological and physical well-being," Chief Inspector Swift said.
Chief Inspector Swift said that RSPCA WA was thankful to the public for bringing the actions of Mr Zhao to our attention.
Lucky remains in RSPCA WA care and we are hopeful she will be ready for adoption shortly.
If you witness any cruelty or neglect take action and report it to RSPCA WA on 1300 CRUELTY or www.rspcawa.asn.au.
RSPCA upholds five freedoms for animals and believes all animals deserve freedom from: hunger and thirst, discomfort, pain, injury and disease and also from fear and distress.