Decade ban following guilty plea to failing to seek vet care for injured pet

Fleming accidentally hit Radar, his 10-year-old cattle dog, with his vehicle and rather than seek vet treatment left him to suffer.

Following the accident Radar was kept inside but when he started to lose control of his bowels Fleming moved him to the back yard. By that stage, Radar was dragging himself on the ground to move.

A number of weeks after the incident, a member of the public contacted the RSPCA WA cruelty line.

An RSPCA inspector attended the property on the same day.

Fleming reportedly told the inspector he could not afford vet treatment.

The inspector found Radar lying and panting in the backyard. He made no attempt to get up.

Radar was surrendered to RSPCA WA and transported to a vet where it was identified he suffered spinal cord trauma and deep abrasions. Due to his condition he was put down.

RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift said Radar, an old dog, did not deserve to suffer in the last few weeks of his life.

�It happens all too often, when an animal reaches old age and requires more of their owners� time and attention that they are abandoned in their time of need,� she said.

�Old age is not an excuse for cruelty. As a pet owner it is your responsibility to seek vet treatment if your pet is injured or requires assistance.�

Fleming was fined $4000 and prohibited from having contact with an animal for 10 years.