A woman has been sentenced for nine animal cruelty-related offences at Hornsby Local Court this month.
Johanna Elliott was found to have failed to provide necessary veterinary treatment to five Greyhounds on a property at Glenorie.
Ms Elliott kept 30 dogs on the property, three of which were found to have intestinal worms.
Another dog had severe dental disease and fractured teeth, and others had open and untreated wounds.
She admitted she was aware of the dogs’ medical problems but did not seek treatment.
The RSPCA inspected the property on October 27, 2010 at the request of the council, and seized five dogs.
She has been prohibited from owning or caring for more than nine dogs for five years, with the possibility of regular RSPCA inspections.
The offender was also ordered to pay the full cost of veterinary treatment for the sick dogs and the RSPCA’s legal bills, a total of $6957.50.
She was placed on a two-year good behaviour bond.
The sentencing took place on April 20.
This article was written for the Hornsby Advocate newspaper as part of my internship in late April 2012. It was published in the Hills Shire Times in the 15 May edition.
This post was made on 11 May 2012.