Midvale man fined for animal cruelty
Leslie Johnston (37) of Midvale yesterday pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge relating to Ying, an 18-month-old female American Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross.
Mr Johnston was fined $2500, ordered to pay $1300 in costs and received a 12-month prohibition order preventing him from owning animals that does not include his current registered dogs. RSPCA WA will also conduct regular property checks.
In May 2015, Ying was found on an abandoned property in Breera tethered to a tree by a chain. The chain had embedded in Ying's neck and caused a large, deep wound.
An RSPCA WA Inspector seized Ying and took her for urgent vet treatment.
"The wound was infected and inflamed," said RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift. "The treating vet reported the chain could have been embedded for a significant period of time."
When Ying was assessed, she was found to be wary of the vet and fearful of fast movement and noises.
Ms Swift said it is not appropriate to leave an unsupervised dog tethered in a manner that might cause harm.
"You need to ensure that what is used to secure your animals is the correct fit and is not going to injure them.
"Tethering should only be used as a short term solution. It is not a suitable permanent means of confinement.
"And if your animal is injured you need to seek veterinary treatment as soon as possible and not leave the animal to suffer," Ms Swift said.
Ying is currently in RSPCA WA's rehoming program.
If you witness any cruelty or neglect to take action and report it to RSPCA WA on 1300 CRUELTY or www.rspcawa.asn.au