A 65-year-old man who shoved an RSPCA inspector with a metal barrier after they offered to take his injured dog to the vet was fined $12,000 in Perth Magistrate's Court today.
Lindsay Kenneth Hunter, who has no fixed abode was fined $8000 for animal cruelty and $4000 for obstructing an inspector. 2 nov 2010
He was also given a court order not to have more than two dogs for a two-year period. The RSPCA was awarded $1500 in costs.
Magistrate Joe Randazzo told the court an RSPCA inspector saw Hunter carrying the wounded dog in a white blanket in East Fremantle.
The inspector said the dog had a wound to its head and was distressed.
The court was told when the inspector offered to take the dog to a veterinary surgeon, Hunter shoved them with a metal barrier and took the animal from the scene in a vehicle.
The inspector followed the man for an hour before he stopped at a vet clinic where he saw the man shout at staff and become abusive.
Magistrate Randazzo said the dog suffered with head and abdominal injuries for several days. The dog was euthanased because of its injuries.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There is a need for a general deterrent. Cruelty will not be tolerated," he said.