A Thornlie woman has been fined $5000 and banned from having contact with any animal for three years after her dog Lily was found malnourished and infested with fleas.
Tiara Nikeisha Rose Hill was sentenced in Armadale Magistrates Court on Tuesday after being convicted of animal cruelty, and was also ordered to pay $184 in legal costs and $579 in compensation.
An RSPCA inspector had attended a Thornlie property in April following reports of cruelty and found the Staffordshire bull terrier cross with her spine, hips and ribs visible.
Lily weighed just 13kg, her coat was infested with fleas and she was suffering from a urinary tract infection.
She was treated and is currently living with an experienced foster carer but will be rehomed pending a 28-day appeal period.
RSPCA WA chief inspector Amanda Swift said Hill had shirked her responsibility to look after Lily and paid a hefty price.
“Lily was particularly vulnerable as she relied solely on her owner for basic care,” she said.
“Her suffering was very apparent and could have easily been avoided had her owner provided food, water and simple pest treatment for fleas.
“We’re so glad she’s made a full recovery and can now be rehomed with a loving family.”