An Oxley Park woman has been fined $7500 and banned from owning animals for two years after the RSPCA found two neglected dogs in her care.
Karissa Simpson pleaded not guilty to three charges of animal cruelty in relation to a bulldog and two charges of animal cruelty in relation to a Staffordshire crossbreed dog
The matter was recently heard in her absence at Mount Druitt Local Court.
RSPCA Inspector Debbie Roden was called to the home in November, where an Australian Bulldog named Zena was found with hip, spine and rib bones clearly visible, had three infected wounds across her body and was covered in live fleas.
Zena needed a blood transfusion and spent time in intensive care.
‘‘She was in a bad way and was so weak I had to carry her to my car,’’ Inspector Roden said.
Another inspector returned to the home in January to serve court attendance notices where a pregnant Staffordshire crossbreed was found in poor condition.
A vet estimated she would have been underfed for at least three weeks to reach that condition.
The dog gave birth to eight puppies a few days later.
The Staffordshire crossbreed had to be euthanised but all of the puppies found homes.
Zena has also since found a loving home living on acreage.
‘‘It’s been a hard road but she has a gorgeous nature,’’ Inspector Roden said.
‘‘If you’d seen the before and after photos, you wouldn’t believe it was the same dog. Xena is now living the life she deserves.’’
She hopes the court decision serves as as a warning for pet owners.
‘‘Pets are an extention of the family,’’ Inspector Roden said.
‘‘They need to be attended to with the same care as any other family member. They need to be fed, watered, loved and walked.’