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$6k fine for starving dogs
Two starving dogs were rescued from a Midland property.

A woman responsible for two starving dogs discovered at a Midland property was today fined $6000 for animal cruelty and banned from owning a pet for 10 years.

Roberta Walton, 38, of Midland, was charged after RSPCA inspectors discovered the severely malnourished dogs - a tan Jack Russell terrier cross and a black Staffordshire bull terrier cross - during an inspection of her property in December, 2012.

Both dogs were underweight with hip bones and ribs protruding.

The animals were seized and taken to Midland Veterinary Hospital where a vet found that both were emaciated and dehydrated.

The Staffordshire terrier was infested with parasites which could have been treated with flea control.

“These dogs had been left to starve, which is absolutely appalling," RSPCA WA CEO David van Ooran said.

"It is vital the community continues to bring these matters to our attention to help save animals from situations of cruelty and neglect.”

Walton was found guilty of two counts relating to one dog not being provided with sufficient food and water. She was also found guilty of being cruel to an animal which suffered harm that could have been alleviated by taking reasonable steps.

She was prohibited from owning or being in contact with an animal for 10 years and ordered to pay $1015 in costs.

The West Australian

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