Midvale owner of abandoned dog penalised

A 37-year-old man from Midvale has been charged with animal cruelty after his 18-month-old female american staffordshire bull terrier cross was found with a chain embedded in her neck.

Leslie Johnston’s dog, called Ying, was abandoned by her owner on a block of land in Breera and tethered by a chain to a tree. The vet told the RSPCA it appeared the dog had been there for some time. The wound was infected and inflamed.

RSPCA inspector Amanda Swift said the chain had caused a large deep wound.

Johnston was fined $2500 and ordered to pay $1300 in costs and banned from owning animals other than the dogs he currently has registered.

The RSPCA said it would conduct regular property checks on the man’s pets.

Anyone witnessing animal cruelty is asked to ring 1300 CRUELTY.