Jack Russell-Maltese cross called JayZ has to be put down after cruel owner left him with horrific injuries while she went on a cruise
- A dog was put down after his owner left him with untreated wounds
- Owner left Jack Russell-Maltese cross ‘JayZ’ alone while she went on a cruise
- RSPCA forced to put him down because his injuries were too horrific to treat
A Jack Russell-Maltese cross was put down after his owner went on a cruise and left him at home with horrific injuries.
The owner, a 39-year-old woman from Lilyfield in Sydney’s inner-west, lost an appeal against her criminal conviction on Tuesday.
In August she was found to have severely neglected her dog, named JayZ, and was convicted of multiple counts of animal cruelty.
Maltese cross Jack Russell Terrier, JayZ, who was found with such severe injuries he had to be put down
The black and white dog was so badly injured that he was only able to move himself by dragging his two hind legs
The black and white dog was so badly injured that he was only able to move himself by dragging his two hind legs.
Inspectors from the RSPCA went to the Lilyfield unit on February 27 where they found the dog with horrific injuries.
The woman told the court that she attempted to use a spray and bandage to cover the wound before leaving the dog with her mother before going on the cruise.
An RSPCA vet found the open wound measured 35 square centimetres and the dog was also suffering alopecia hair loss, muscle loss in both back legs, a swollen penis, fleas, periodontal disease and overgrown nails in his two front paws.
Further physical examination found that the paralysis of the dog’s hind legs was a result of untreated intervertebral disc disease.
As JayZ was dragging his back legs, pressure was constantly on the ankle joint which then lead to an ulcerated wound that was so severe the bone protruded.
The vet also detected anemia which is believed to have been caused by the fleas or blood loss from the open wound.
The woman told the court that she attempted to use a spray and bandage to cover the wound before leaving the dog with her mother
An RSPCA vet found the open wound measured 35 square centimetres and exposed bone
According to the RSPCA, the dog would have needed to undergo treatment for periodontal disease at least three months before JayZ was found.
JayZ also needed treatment for the fleas at least two weeks prior to when he was found, and ear infection treatment at least one week before he was found.
Following the comprehensive physical examination, the veterinarian deemed it was cruel to keep the dog alive and he was humanely euthanised.
The 39-year-old faced Downing Centre Local Court and received an aggregate sentence of a ten month intensive corrections order where she had to appear before the court if called upon and undertake 75 hours of community service.
Following the comprehensive physical examination, the veterinarian deemed it was cruel to keep the dog alive and he was humanely euthanised
She was also banned from purchasing, acquiring, taking possession or custody of any animal for five years.
The woman appealed against the convictions and on Tuesday had the appeal thrown out of the District Court.
The judge said the appeal was dismissed because ‘these living animals are so dependent on us that we have a high duty of care’.
‘It’s because of that, that if I were sentencing you at first instance, I would have been looking at a more serious penalty. It’s not just you…there’s too much animal cruelty in our community,’ he said.