THE Langwarrin owner of a severely neglected British bulldog has been prohibited from being in charge of a dog for three years, given an 18-month good behaviour bond and ordered to donate $1500 to the RSPCA.
The orders were made after owner, who pleaded guilty, faced one charge of animal cruelty when prosecuted by the RSPCA in Frankston Court on Thursday 17 November.
Evidence was given that Nelson the British Bulldog was suffering multiple acute health concerns when he escaped from his home in Langwarrin on 20 September 2020, all of which were a direct result of neglect, and preventable.
After his escape Nelson was taken to The Lost Dogs Home where the veterinary team referred his case to RSPCA Victoria’s inspectors.
However, his multiple medical conditions were so serious that it was decided to euthanise Nelson to end his suffering.
Nelson’s acute conditions included damage to both his eyes, a painful skin condition, embedded toenails, multiple infections and arthritis. His claws were so overgrown they were embedded, causing his paws to become malodorous, ulcerated and infected resulting in ongoing pain and discomfort that would have been obvious to a lay person.
RSPCA Victoria’s senior inspector Maree Crabtree said that while Nelson’s case was dire, grievous neglect of animals was not uncommon.
“Nelson was suffering from a variety of health concerns, all as a result of neglect over an extended period of time. While he was provided with emergency treatment and medication to ease his pain, earlier veterinary intervention would have alleviated his suffering,” she said.
“No animal deserves to suffer, and it is imperative that owners and people in charge of animals are aware of their legal responsibilities to provide proper food, water, shelter, along with routine and emergency veterinary care when required.”
Further examinations revealed Nelson was suffering from other serious health concerns that would have been picked up during routine veterinary examinations. His front paws had developed arthritis, he had hip dysplasia, and his ear canals were narrowed due to an infection.
Anyone who has concerns for the welfare of an animal can contact RSPCA Victoria on 9224 2222 or at rspcavic.org