Woman fined for animal cruelty

Karma the staffy cross. Photo: supplied
Karma the staffy cross. Photo: supplied

A HIGH Wycombe woman has been fined after her staffy cross suffered a dislocated hip and she failed to take reasonable steps to alleviate her pain and discomfort.

She pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday.

She was fined $2500 and ordered to pay costs of $2261.56

Karma, the woman’s eight-year old female brindle Staffordshire terrier cross, was first taken to a local vet in May 2018.

She received treatment for her dislocated left hip, was fitted with a sling and the offender was provided with antibiotics and pain killers for 10 days

The woman was told to monitor the dog’s sling and bring her back to the vet if anything changed.

Despite scheduling a follow-up appointment, the owner failed to show up.

When she came a week later, Karma’s condition had worsened.

Severe dermatitis had developed on her abdomen, groin and left limb due to the bandaging. T

he vet considered it very likely this could have been prevented if they had come to the scheduled appointment the week before.

Karma’s hip was examined again and this time it was determined that surgery was needed.

However, her dermatitis would need to be treated beforehand.

The offender was given advice to give Karma strict rest and medication for 10 days.

Karma. Photo: supplied

She again failed to show up for further assessment and treatment.

In July 2018, Kalamunda Rangers contacted RSPCA WA about Karma.

She had been found wandering, and the ranger had observed her very bad limp when they impounded her.

Karma was brought to the RSPCA WA Animal Care Centre in Malaga, where she received immediate pain relief and was treated for her dermatitis.

Surgery for her hip was performed by RSPCA vets soon afterwards. The surgery was a success and Karma now has normal function in her leg and is pain free.

Karma will remain with her foster carer pending a 28-day appeal period, at which time she will be prepared for re-homing.

“It is a relief to know that Karma’s owner has been held to account for failing to adequately help her dog,” RSPCA WA Deputy Chief Inspector Sharon Morgan said.

“Karma’s owner could have taken reasonable steps to alleviate her pain and prevent ongoing discomfort.

“Karma’s case shows how important it is to not only ask for help, but to follow your vet’s advice to ensure the wellbeing of your pets.

“Thanks to the City of Kalamunda rangers for taking action when they noticed that Karma was experiencing discomfort.

“As a result of working together, we have been able to prevent Karma from suffering further, and ensure that she got the treatment she needed.”