Perth dog owner fined $9,000 for abusing and starving a Great Dane

Cruel dog owner who starved his helpless Great Dane named Redley to the point where he had to be euthanized is fined $9,000

  • Perth man banned from owning dogs for five years and fined $9k
  • He starved his Great Dane and a smaller dog, and both were rescued by RSPCA
  • Helpless Great Dane Redley had his ribs, spine and hips sticking out when he was found
  • The abused dog has since been put to sleep because his malnutrition was too serious

A Perth man has been banned from owning dogs for five years and was fined $9,000 after starving his pet to the point of euthanizing it.

In April 2019, police visited the man’s property and found two dogs, a five-year-old brindle Great Dane named Redley and a smaller dog.

Redley was discovered in a heartbreaking condition, with ribs, spine and hips bulging, prompting police to file a brutality report with the RSPCA.

Two RSPCA inspectors visited the Orelia property and seized Redley and the other dog.

The RSPCA says the owner told inspectors he thought Redley was ill but couldn’t afford to take him to the vet. He said he was trying to “build it back up” by feeding the Great Dane once or twice a day.

Redley (pictured) was discovered in a heartbreaking condition, with ribs, spine and hips bulging, prompting police to file a cruelty report with the RSPCA

Redley was later assessed by a vet, who determined that he had suffered a prolonged starvation resulting in his very emaciated condition, with severe muscle wasting over his body, an ear infection, hip dysplasia and a flea infestation.

The RSPCA treated and cared for Redley for over a month, but he was euthanized on humane grounds.

The 36-year-old owner of Redley, who now lives in South Australia, was convicted Tuesday of animal cruelty by the Rockingham Magistrates Court after pleading guilty, the RSPCA said in a statement.

The court ruled that the man had not fed Redley proper and adequate food and said the dog had suffered damage that could have been remedied if the owner had taken reasonable measures.

“Redley was meant to be a beloved pet. Instead, he was left to starve and suffer for a long period of time. The sheer neglect is hard to understand. If you can’t take care of your animals, ask for help,” said Hannah Dreaver of RSPCA WA.

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