CONVICTION FOR GREAT SOUTHERN MAN OVER NEGLECT OF TWO PET DOGS
A Great Southern man has today been convicted of animal cruelty in the Albany Magistrates Court for neglect of his two dogs.
Philip Tsipouras, 34, of Mira Mar pleaded guilty to the two charges which related to his two dogs Rosie, a Mastiff cross and Alice, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross.
Mr Tsipouras received a two year prohibition order from owning any animal and was ordered to pay a $2,300 fine per dog and $1,697.24 in vet bills.
In January last year, RSPCA WA Inspectors attended the property in Mira Mar where they found the dogs extremely emaciated with their ribs, hips and spine clearly visible. Both also had severe flea infestations with Alice’s condition so bad she had a large, infected skin wound which resembled a burn across her entire rump.
RSPCA Inspectors seized the dogs and transported them to a local vet clinic for immediate treatment. Both dogs were rated at a body condition score of one out of nine and found to have a number of other health concerns including numerous skin sores, eye infections, extensive hair loss and broken teeth.
Due to their poor body condition the dogs needed to receive several days’ treatment locally before being strong enough to be transported to the RSPCA’s Animal Care Centre in Malaga.
RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift said “the conditions these mature dogs had were preventable and had been left untreated for so long that they had become chronic. The dogs would have suffered substantially for a long period of time.
“Pet owners need to be responsible for an animal for its entire life. There is no excuse for leaving a dog to suffer from easily preventable issues such as fleas or lack of nutrition. And whilst these might seem like simple everyday issues, if your animal has suffered such as these two have; that is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act.
“Sadly older dogs can often be ignored and discarded and this is not acceptable. At all stages of their lives, animals need to receive appropriate veterinary care and sufficient food, water and shelter.”
RSPCA WA would like to thank Bruce Hocking from Bradley Bayly Legal for representing this case on a pro bono basis.