A man has been fined $1500 and banned from owning any pets for five years, after he refused veterinary treatment for his pet dog following a fight with another dog.
In April earlier this year, an RSPCA inspector and a council ranger attended an address in Kurri Kurri following reports of a dog fight.
A female American Staffordshire Terrier was found with a broken leg and severe facial injuries.
The dog – named Tess – was seized and rushed to a veterinary hospital for emergency treatment.
The veterinarian found that by failing to seek treatment for the injuries, the owner had inflicted unnecessary suffering and infection on Tess.
During a subsequent interview, the owner, Mr Daniel John Hudson, admitted that he had owned Tess for three years, and that the dog fight had happened about three days prior to the dog being seized by the RSPCA.
Unfortunately Tess had to be euthanised due to the severity of her injuries.
Mr Hudson did not appear in court and was sentenced in his absence. He was fined $1,500 and prohibited from owning any animals for five years.