A PUPPY found neglected, emaciated and in poor condition at an Echuca property has recovered and been re-homed by the RSPCA
Following an online court appearance, the dog's owner has been disqualified from being in charge of a dog for a period of five years and fined $1500. The woman was charged with failure to provide an animal with sufficient food and drink and failure to provide veterinary or other appropriate attention or treatments.
RSPCA Victoria investigated after receiving a report about animals in poor living conditions.
When they attended the property they found a young Kelpie Doberman cross dog in poor body condition, her ribs and spine protruding.
The resident at the house said she was not the owner of the dog, but had been left in charge of the animal for a number of weeks while the owner was travelling interstate.
When the owner was contacted and given various options relating to the puppy's immediate care requirements, they elected to surrender 'Jedda' to the RSPCA.
A local vet found the dog to be emaciated and dehydrated but Jedda had no other underlying medical issues.
Jedda weighed just 3.36 kilograms and was placed on fluids before being taken to Melbourne for ongoing care. After following a feeding plan and being placed in foster care, where to she thrived, Jedda gained more than two kilograms in eight days.
She has since been adopted and renamed Juno.
RSPCA Victoria inspectorate team leader Karen Collier said it was extremely frustrating to see that neglect continued to account for such a high proportion of cruelty reports.
"It's heartbreaking to see animals are still not receiving the most basic standard of care," Ms Collier said.
"Last financial year we received almost 4000 cruelty reports relating to animals with insufficient food and water provided, and over 2800 reports relating to underweight animals.
"Our Inspectors are passionate about education and work hard to help the community provide the best level of care for their animals, but there is still an onus on people to be proactive and reach out for assistance.
"There is no excuse for an animal to be in the condition in which Jedda was found, particularly a young puppy."
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