GOSNELLS MAN CONVICTED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY OVER NEGLECT OF TWO ELDERLY DOGS
A Gosnells man was sentenced at Armadale Magistrates Court on Tuesday for animal cruelty after he pleaded guilty to charges of neglect of his two elderly dogs.
Christopher Lee Gleich, 44, was fined $10,000 and received a 10 year ban from owning any animal and was ordered to pay costs of $3,808.
Scooby, a male Kelpie cross and Coda, a male Shepherd cross were found in very poor condition and suffering from a number of serious health problems when discovered at Gleich’s Gosnells property.
After originally claiming the dogs had wandered onto his property, Gleich admitted during investigations that the dogs were in fact his, and that he knew the dogs were suffering and had been deteriorating for several months.
The dogs which were both visibly emaciated and suffering from severe skin disease, were surrendered to RSPCA WA and were rushed to a local vet who recommended the dogs be euthanased immediately due to their level of pain and suffering. Post mortem results confirmed just how serious the extent of their pain and suffering was which included large tumours in the mouth, stomach and testicles.
It was stated in court that this was a serious case of neglect and that domestic animals are totally reliant on humans for their care and protection. People were reminded if they are responsible for an animal they must ensure they do not suffer and if treatment cannot be afforded help must be sought as soon as possible.
RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift said, “There is no excuse for prolonging the needless suffering of animals. I urge pet owners to reach out for help, rather than let animals suffer.
“No animal should have to suffer in their twilight years, and owners need to ensure they can provide the level of care that their pet requires as they get older. Like humans, animals also require greater medical attention as they age,” Ms Swift continued.
RSPCA WA would like to thank Jackson McDonald Lawyers for their pro bono support on this case.
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