An Australian has been banned from keeping pets for five years after failing to groom four cavalier King Charles spaniels, in what has described as a shocking case of animal neglect.
RSPCA inspectors seized the four maltreated dogs from the owner’s property following a tip-off. The woman pleaded guilty and was convicted in a magistrates court of 13 counts of ill-treatment of an animal. She was given a three-month suspended prison sentence, with a $500 good behaviour bond for two years. The magistrate also prohibited the woman from having any animals for five years.
All four dogs suffered from multiple health problems, including severely matted and dreadlocked coats, ear infections, mouth infections and ingrown nails. Two of the dogs required 20 rotten teeth to be removed.
The nails on one dog were so overgrown they had twisted all the way around, while an overgrown nail on another dog pierced its paw, resulting in an infection. After months in foster care, all four dogs were adopted into new homes.
A RSPCA veterinarian was quoted as saying the case should serve as a wake-up call to all people considering buying a dog with high grooming requirements.
“All dogs require regular washing and grooming to keep their skin and coats healthy, but some breeds have greater grooming needs than others,”
“Though they are very attractive dogs, cavalier spaniels definitely fall into that latter category and anyone thinking of getting a long-coated breed like that needs to seriously weigh up the time required for washing, clipping and grooming.”