NORTHERN SUBURBS COUPLE SENTENCED FOR CRUELTY TO PET DOGS
- Two people were sentenced today in the Joondalup Magistrates Court, for cruelty to their three pet dogs, Milo (male Siberian Husky), Chloe (female Staffordshire Terrier) and Hikari (female Siberian Husky).
- Amanda Boudville and Charles Boudville were each fined $6000, and both are prohibited from being in control or care of a dog for two years. They will also need to repay court and vet costs of $586.85.
- Two dogs, Milo and Chloe, were seized from the couple in December 2016 after an RSPCA Inspector responded to a cruelty report from a concerned member of the community, about two dogs at an abandoned property. The third dog, Hikari, was seized from the couple in April 2017 at a different address, during the course of the investigation.
- All three dogs were found suffering from various chronic painful ailments including infected fly-bitten ears, severe flea infestations, hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis. One dog’s condition was so bad she could barely walk and could not straighten her legs.
- During the investigation Ms Boudville admitted she was aware that Hikari was in pain and was suffering, and despite seeking a vet’s advice, she had failed to follow up or provide adequate treatment.
Two of the dogs (Milo and Chloe) were seized and underwent extensive treatment at RSPCA WA. Milo made a full recovery and has been rehomed. Unfortunately, Chloe’s and Hikari’s conditions were so bad, and they were in so much pain that the only humane thing to do was to end their suffering.
Comments from RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift:
“Today is a bittersweet day for Milo, Chloe and Hikari. While justice has been served, it is has come too late for Chloe and Hikari. They suffered needlessly due to the reckless disregard for their welfare shown by their owners.
“It astounds me that the owner admitted that she knew her dog, Hikari, was in pain, yet she did nothing about it, even after seeking advice from a vet. The level of neglect these dogs have been through is unthinkable, and it makes me sick to know that she was aware of this for a considerable amount of time and chose to do nothing.
“Owning a pet is a big responsibility; we know that sometimes it can be expensive, but that’s no reason to ignore your pet’s suffering. Ask for help – talk to your vet, or talk to us. It is just not right to let your pets suffer needlessly.”
Anyone who suspects or witnesses animal cruelty is encouraged to call the RSPCA Cruelty Hotline on 1300 CRUELTY (278 3589).
Milo’s ears were swollen and bleeding from open fly-bite wounds, with a large portion of both ears missing.
Chloe was found entangled by her neck, chest and legs in shade cloth attached to the back fence, preventing her from accessing food and drink.
The yard where the dogs were kept was littered with faeces, junk and household debris