Two Beechboro women, including a dog breeder, have been fined after being found guilty of animal cruelty.
Denise Vespescu and Angie Kukich had been charged by the RSPCA with one count each of cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2002.
Vespescu appeared in Midland Magistrates Court today and was fined $8000 for allowing a dog in her care to suffer. She was also ordered to pay costs to the RSPCA of $1882.
Kukich did not attend court today but was convicted in her absence and fined $2000 and ordered to pay RSPCA costs of $1882.
RSCPA inspectors visited the Beechboro home of Vespescu and Kukich in July last year after receiving a cruelty complaint from a member of the public.
At the time the property was owned by Vespescu and was tenanted by Kukich.
The court was told during the inspection nine dogs were found on the property including a red female Pomeranian known as Grita.
The court heard that Grita had been suffering from multiple, complex untreated medical conditions.
There were also faeces and an overpowering smell of ammonia emanating from the brick floor of the backyard.
RSPCA Inspectors met Vespescu at the property, who confirmed she owned Grita and the dog was surrendered to the RSPCA and taken for immediate veterinary treatment.
Magistrate Benn said that Vespescu, as someone who had an interest in the dogs and was the breeder, should understand the pain and suffering Grita underwent.
He also said Kukich had a responsibility to make sure the dog did not unduly suffer.