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Shocking Cruelty Unleashed: Truganina Man Convicted in Heart-Wrenching Dog Abuse Case

Dog mistreated

The dog after RSPCA intervention

  
   

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A Truganina resident, aged 31, has been convicted on multiple charges of animal abuse involving the mistreatment of his dog.

In Werribee Magistrates Court, he admitted to several offences, including the improper caging of an animal, physically assaulting the animal, and neglecting to seek necessary veterinary care for his pet.

The investigation commenced when the RSPCA Victoria received a complaint about animal abuse at the man’s residence in 2022. Inspectors discovered the dog confined in a cramped, temporary enclosure with a concrete base, lacking adequate shelter from the elements, surrounded by accumulated feces in both the pen and feeding area.

Subsequent to their inspection, the officials issued two compliance notices demanding the man to ensure cleaner living conditions for the dog, secure proper enclosures, and obtain a veterinary examination for the animal. The man did not comply with these directives and ultimately handed over the dog to the RSPCA.

Upon examination, veterinary professionals at RSPCA Victoria identified that the dog was afflicted with infected lesions, untreated physical harm, and complications from an electric shock collar, including metal prongs lodged in the dog’s neck and fractures to its cheekbone, skull, and vertebra.

Magistrate Julia Barling, expressing disgust at the summary of the case, remarked, “Hearing that summary made me feel sick, you are very lucky I am not sending you to jail. I am appalled by your behaviour.”

RSPCA Victoria’s chief inspector, Michael Stagg, expressed his hope that the judgment would deter potential offenders, stating, “This is a strong outcome and sends a tough message that animal cruelty won’t be tolerated by the community, by RSPCA Victoria, or by the courts.

No animal deserves to suffer the way this dog did, and we will continue to investigate reports like these that come in from the community.”

The court has imposed an 18-month Community Correction Order on the man, requiring him to participate in an animal cruelty education program and prohibiting him from owning dogs for a decade. Additionally, he was ordered to pay $352.69 to RSPCA Victoria in costs.

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