Bailey the labrador is on the mend three months after he was found left to die next to an empty food bowl
Animal Welfare League NSW (AWL) inspectors found him lying lifeless, severely dehydrated with extremely protruding bones and weighed just 15 kilograms, a third of the weight a dog his size should be.
AWL inspectors attended a Claremont Meadows property on June 17 following a tip off from a concerned neighbour.
“Bailey was desperately emaciated. He lay by his empty bowl, the ribs coming out of his body. It was just like he was a deflated dog. He couldn’t stand or even lift his head,'' AWL Inspector Ian Hughes said.
“I picked Bailey up and he was very, very light. It was horrific.''
Bailey was taken to the AWL’s shelter for urgent treatment.
The veterinary team provided life-saving treatment for Bailey, who was close to death.
The team said it was clear it had taken months for him to reach this state of emaciation.
Tests showed that Bailey had no disease or underlying condition and was simply starving to death.
“This is one of the worst cases of cruelty AWL has come across,'' AWL chief executive Wendy Cohen said.
“Bailey is the most affectionate, loving boy despite the appalling neglect he suffered at the hand of his owner. Once fully recovered we’ll seek to find him the loving home he deserves.''
His former owner, a Claremont Meadows woman faced Mount Druitt Local Court this week, where she pleaded guilty to Failing to Provide Sufficient Care under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
She was sentenced to pay all costs for Bailey’s treatment and care, given a two year good behaviour bond and banned from acquiring an animal within that period.
Today, Bailey is a happy and healthy 34 kilograms.
A loving home will be found for Bailey once he regain his muscle tone and strength.
To find out more or to make a donation to help Bailey’s recovery visit awlnsw.com.au.