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  1. Beauty And The Beast

    Gorgeous long legs!
  2. Act Family Accused Of Neglect

    Update : DPP are seeking a custodial sentence for this matter. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-08/canberra-man-animal-neglect-sentencing-hearing/7149986?WT.ac=statenews_act Man guilty of 99 animal neglect charges kept dogs emaciated and fly-bitten, court hears A man who pleaded guilty to nearly 100 charges of animal neglect kept dogs emaciated and fly-bitten, RSPCA vets have told the ACT Magistrates Court. Stefan Trpcevski last week pleaded guilty to 99 charges relating to animal neglect, and a sentencing hearing was held this afternoon. The charges included failing to seek veterinary treatment for dogs and failing to provide animals with food or water. It is understood he had 25 dogs, although the charges related to only seven animals. Vets Lillian Wong and Ashley Jordan gave evidence regarding five dogs brought to them in December 2014 while they were working with the RSPCA in Canberra. They told the court some of the dogs were severely underweight, some were fly-bitten around the ears, and one appeared to have had part of its tail amputated. The tail was still bleeding when the dog was presented to Ms Wong, who described it as a "traumatic amputation of some sort". "It would have been very painful," she said. In cross-examination, Trpcevski's lawyer questioned whether the tail injury could have been caused by a spider bite. The matter was adjourned while a pre-sentence report is prepared, and will return to court for sentencing in late March. Prosecutors have indicated they will seek a term of imprisonment. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/dogs-found-at-canberra-house-were-underfed-and-suffered-hair-loss-fly-bites-20160208-gmokvs.html Dogs found at Canberra house were underfed and suffered hair loss, fly bites Date February 8, 2016 - 11:30PM 26 reading now Dogs that belonged to a Canberra man who admitted to nearly 100 animal mistreatment offences were underweight, underfed and suffered hair loss and fly bites that had scabbed over, a court has heard. Stefan Trpcevski, 35, has pleaded guilty to 99 charges related to animal mistreatment and neglect and is currently before the ACT Magistrates Court. Authorities previously said they found 27 dogs in varying states of neglect when they raided two properties in Macquarie and Ainslie late in 2013. Trpcevski was charged with numerous offences ranging from failing to provide animals with adequate food and water to failing to seek veterinary treatment and keeping unregistered dogs. Vets at the RSPCA shelter in Weston, who assessed several animals seized from the Ainslie home at the time, spoke of the animals' poor health during a sentencing hearing on Monday. Former RSPCA vet Ashley Jordan told the court one of the dogs, "Bindy", was underweight, suffered hair loss and had fly bites and scabs on her head. He said the dog was assessed as a three out of nine on the body condition scoring chart used to calculate body fat levels, with one being emaciated and nine being obese, and the likely reason for her low weight was that she had been underfed. Under cross-examination, Dr Jordan said while it would be possible for the dog to be bitten several times without an owner noticing, it shouldn't be difficult to prevent ongoing fly bites before they got that severe. The court heard vets assessed another male crossbreed dog as one, or emaciated, on the body condition scoring chart, as the animal's hip bones and spine were clearly visible. Prosecutor Katrina McKenzie told the court the "unnecessary pain" caused to the animals in Trpcevski's care was such that a term of imprisonment should be imposed. She said Trpcevski's offending "must be close to one of the worst cases" of its type. Trpcevski's defence lawyer told the court her client suffered from debilitating mental illness, which impaired his judgment, and he had been receiving help from ACT Mental Health. Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker ordered a pre-sentence report be prepared before the matter returns to court for sentencing in March.
  3. Great story. Love the wooden boxes they provide.
  4. http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2015/11/04/dog-wombat-rescue_n_8476026.html?ncid=edlinkauhpmg00000004 Rescue Mission For Dog Stuck In Wombat Hole Posted: 05/11/2015 15:46 AEST Updated: 05/11/2015 15:46 AEST A "Beaconsfield style" rescue mission is currently underway to extricate a large dog stuck underground in a wombat hole on the NSW south coast. Nowra newspaper The South Coast Register reports a 42-kilogram American Bulldog named Brooklyn has been wedged in a large wombat hole near the town's showground since 1am Wednesday. The dog, owned by a homeless man who reportedly lives in a tent at the showground, was said to have chased a wombat down the hole and gotten stuck several metres below ground. Separate rescue attempts were staged early Wednesday morning, through the day on Wednesday and again on Thursday. NSW Ambulance, State Emergency Service, police, council workers and local animal rescue groups have all combined in a rescue effort, but so far to no avail despite using jackhammers. Brooklyn is thought to be about four metres underground, after scurrying into a long deep burrow. Register journalist Jessica Long has been reporting dutifully from the scene, live-Tweeting rescue attempts and providing video. Rescuers had become concerned for the dog's safety after it reportedly stopped barking earlier on Thursday morning, but Lindsay Francis of Wildlife Rescue South Coast -- on scene as part of the rescue -- said the dog had been confirmed as still alive a short time ago. "We can hear him barking so he's still alive. We think he’s gone in the burrow and turned, so we're digging straight down," he told The Huffington Post Australia. "We think he’s underground about three or four metres. We believe he’s stuck in there, got his back stuck in and can't push with his back legs." Francis said responders were attempting a "Beaconsfield" rescue, in reference to the Beaconsfield mine collapse in Tasmania where trapped miners Brant Webb and Todd Russell were freed after rescue tunnels were dug to reach them. "We're digging a vertical hole. We'll come on to or close to him," he said. There are also fears for the wombat Brooklyn chased into the hole, which has also been stuck in the burrow for two days with no water or food.
  5. This is a good result - Courts in the ACT are generally very lenient http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/man-failed-to-get-help-for-dog-after-cooking-oil-caused-horrendous-burns-20150925-gjurwk.html They're images harrowing enough to move Canberrans to tears, prosecutors say. "Buster", a cross-breed, was left without veterinary attention after being covered in scalding cooking oil earlier this year, causing first and third degree burns to 15 per cent of his body. The owner said the burns were not caused intentionally and that he hadn't realised the extent of the injuries, but pleaded guilty to failing to seek help for the animal in the ACT Magistrates Court. The distress of the animal was first noticed when police were at the home for unrelated offences. Buster was heard whimpering, and the RSPCA was notified. It is not known how long the dog had been left in such a condition, but the court found its pain would have been obvious to anyone. When RSPCA inspectors arrived, the owner, Paul Muell, 20, met them at the door with a baseball bat, after hearing someone on his balcony. He later drunkenly called senior inspector Catherine Croatto to demand the animal back and tell her he would be seeing her around, stating he didn't make threats, only promises. Prosecutor Anthony Williamson, in pushing for a sentence of imprisonment, said there must be repercussions for such acts. "People care strongly about animals, in my submission, and a lot of reasonable, temperate members of the community would be appalled, and would be moved to tears upon seeing these images," he said on Friday. Mr Williamson asked rhetorically: "If this doesn't warrant imprisonment, what would?" Magistrate Lorraine Walker sentenced Muell to one year and 10 months imprisonment for failing to seek veterinary attention, common assault, threatening the RSPCA inspector, and an unrelated burglary and theft. An 11-month non-parole period was set, meaning Muell will be eligible for release in May. Buster, who was not taken to the vets after hot cooking oil caused first and third degree burns to 15 per cent of his body. Ms Walker said anyone would have realised that hot oil spilling on a living being would have caused "great pain", and would require attention. She said that there were options for help available, even if Muell couldn't afford vet bills. "The way that a community treats its most vulnerable, including animals, is a reflection on the community as a whole," Ms Walker said. The court heard Muell had a troubled and traumatic childhood. He also lost his mother at an early age, leaving him without either parent. Ms Walker said she had no doubt Muell was scarred by his childhood, and had reason to be angry. His lawyer told the court Muell had openly wept when he had seen the images of his dog's injuries. Ms Walker accepted he was genuinely remorseful. In a statement to Fairfax Media, Ms Croatto said the injuries Buster sustained were "horrendous". "When I first saw him, he was cowering, whimpering, unable to weight bear and in so much pain," she said. "It was truly distressing and difficult to comprehend how much this dog endured before we were able to rescue him." RSPCA chief executive Tammy Ven Dange said she was frustrated that offenders' pasts were continually being used as excuses for harming helpless animals. "These pets are fully dependant on their owners for their well-being, and to allow an animal to suffer like this is appalling," she said. "We are even more frustrated by the fact that this case sentencing seemed to justify the offender's actions because of something unrelated that happened to him in his childhood." She said she was increasingly concerned about the safety of RSPCA inspectors, and called for tougher penalties in animal cruelty cases like Buster's. "In order for this change, not only do we need for the magistrates to apply the law to its maximum potential, we need help from our lawmakers to give them greater penalties to work with for cases like this." Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/man-failed-to-get-help-for-dog-after-cooking-oil-caused-horrendous-burns-20150925-gjurwk.html#ixzz3n5ouRQnE Follow us: @canberratimes on Twitter | CanberraTimes on Facebook
  6. Puppy Farms Illegal In Act

    Here's the link to the legislation http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/di/2015-257/current/pdf/2015-257.pdf
  7. Oops - Sorry. Didn't see it in my quick look. It's nice enough to read a second time :)
  8. http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/lost-dog-reunited-with-owners-after-recognising-them-on-tv-20150912-gjkz8h.html Lost dog reunited with owners after recognising them on TV DateSeptember 12, 2015 Lost and Found: Tabitha returns to her family. Lost and Found: Tabitha returns to her family. Photo: Kelly Schaefer She is small, white and fluffy and a dab hand at recognising the people she loves most. Tabitha, a five-year-old bichon poodle, went for a walk with her owner Alfred Schaefer on September 2 near their home in Kansas City, Missouri. Schaefer, who has Alzheimer's, did not return for some time and his wife, Kelly Schaefer, went looking for the pair. She found her husband but not Tabitha, who remained missing for a week. Tabitha was taken in by a family who wanted to track her owners down but had no luck until they turned on the TV and saw a report by Fox4 news reporter Judy Le. Advertisement Le's story featured the Schaefers and their search for Tabitha. As soon as the poodle saw her owners onscreen she reportedly "perked up" her head. "FOX 4 immediately received a call from the person who found her. She says Tabitha perked up when Kelly and Alfred appeared in the story," the station reports. "The woman realised the dog's name was Tabitha by the way she responded." The Schaefers, who had printed nearly 300 flyers and stuck them on posts, walls and shopfronts near their home, were quickly reunited with Tabitha. Kelly Schaefer said Tabitha was a soothing influence for Alfred and inspired him to keep active. "To me, she's my kid. I love her as much as I love my husband, my boys," she told FOX 4. Expect a Disney film based on Tabitha's story in the immediate future. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/lost-dog-reunited-with-owners-after-recognising-them-on-tv-20150912-gjkz8h.html#ixzz3mQJN2piN Follow us: @smh on Twitter | sydneymorningherald on Facebook
  9. Boy Savaged By Dogs

    In this article, it reads as if the dogs were inside the house and the boy was also inside the house? http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/lawsuit-after-boy-mauled-by-dogs-at-act-housing-property-20150703-gi4jca Jack remembers the snarling dogs being locked up when they arrived at the home, only to escape when a door was inadvertently opened. Moments earlier, his friend had bid him to hide in a bedroom with him. But Jack thought he'd be safer with the adults. "It was the worst mistake of my life," Jack said. Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/lawsuit-after-boy-mauled-by-dogs-at-act-housing-property-20150703-gi4jca.html#ixzz3hYzxICmI
  10. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-24/spanish-police-arrest-vet-for-smuggling-heroin-inside-puppies/6569012 Vet arrested by Spanish police for allegedly smuggling heroin inside puppies Puppies had liquid heroin surgically implanted in them Photo: Liquid heroin was allegedly surgically implanted into puppies by Venezuelan vet Andres Lopez Elorza. (United States Drug Enforcement Administration) Spanish police said they have arrested a Venezuelan vet wanted by the United States for allegedly surgically implanting bags of liquid heroin inside puppies to smuggle the drugs into America. Bags of liquid heroin were inserted into puppies Photo: Bags of liquid heroin were inserted into puppies as part of a drug smuggling syndicate. (United States Drug Enforcement Administration) Police arrested Andres Lopez Elorza in the town of Santa Comba in Spain's north-western region of Galicia, where he had been hiding since a Spanish court last month approved his extradition to the US, police said in a statement. "This person, a veterinarian and member of a drug trafficking organisation, transported heroin from Colombia to the United States in implants which he placed inside puppies which he sent as pets," police said in a statement. Lopez, who is married with two children, was first detained on an international arrest warrant in December 2013 in Lugo, Galicia but was released while his extradition was being considered. He had been on the run since Colombian police in 2005 raided a clinic he ran in Medellin and found three kilograms of heroin implanted inside three puppies which were due to be flown to the US once their surgical scars had healed. After the raid, the US called on police forces worldwide to detain the vet on suspicion of drug smuggling. Spanish police said Lopez had remained inside the apartment in Santa Comba since the court ordered his extradition and had no contact with his wife and children to try to escape arrest.
  11. Rspca Canberra

    They would be able to investigate anywhere within the state, but they do definitely have regions that they work in. NSW inspectors have certainly come and assisted ACT on occasion
  12. Just a bit of light hearted reporting... http://www.canberratimes.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/not-fur-real-winning-dog-from-britains-got-talent-used-stunt-double-20150602-ghf4mw.html Not fur real: Winning dog from Britain's Got Talent used 'stunt double' DateJune 2, 2015 It could be the greatest British showbusiness scandal of all time. No scratch that, possibly the world. It has emerged that Matisse, the border collie who along with his owner and trainer Jules O'Dwyer took the top prize on Britain's Got Talent with a breathtaking cops-and-robbers skit on Sunday night, used a stunt double. In possibly the biggest showbusiness shock since Milli Vanilli were exposed as nothing more than German dancers with nice hats and no vocal skills, the winning canine is as one newspaper cleverly put it, a fake Matisse. Apparently during their winning sketch, featuring a sausage heist acted out by Matisse with O'Dwyer as a policewoman, a tightrope scene was performed by a stunt double for Matisse, named Chase. Yes, Matisse, the cute collie who performed so diligently in a carefully choreographed routine which drew tears from the judges, is nothing but a fraud, according to reports. The reason behind this expertly executed deception? Matisse is afraid of heights, says O'Dwyer. Twitter has predictably erupted in outrage over being hoodwinked by duo, who won £250,000 in a finale watched by nearly 12 million viewers. One Twitter user simply asked: "BGT faked[,] where will it end?" Where will it end, indeed? British newspapers also had a field day. The Sun went straight to the top, targeting BGT judge Simon Cowell, with "Cowell conned by fake Matisse", claiming that the showbiz mogul was demanding an investigation into the incident. Elsewhere, another tabloid, the Daily Star's front page read: "BGT Dog Fix: We Want Money Bark!" while commuter newspaper Metro labelled it "Ruff justice" O'Dwyer has since appeared on daytime chat show Lorraine to explain the story behind the deception, reports ITV.com. "Matisse is a little bit afraid of heights so, although he could physically do it, Chase is the dog who says 'I'm the action dog'," she said. "He plays the double for him. Every dog has a different character." A statement from the show's producers said that viewers would have seen previously that O'Dwyer works with a "team "of dogs " to perform her unique mixture of dog agility and story-telling". "We are sorry if this was not made clearer to the judges and viewers at home during their final performance." Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/not-fur-real-winning-dog-from-britains-got-talent-used-stunt-double-20150602-ghf4mw.html#ixzz3cjaOGFMY
  13. Gorgeous photos. You do live in a glorious part of the world
  14. One of our dogs when I was growing up broke into the garden shed and ate most of a bag of dynamic lifter. On another occasion she managed to break in and get to her bag of dry food. Both resulted in expensive trips to the vet as they swelled in her stomach once she added some liquid to the mix. She would also steal dirty socks and undies out of the washing basket and regularly chewed the crotch out of undies Otherwise, I've never really had a dog that was into chewing/eating things. One did delight in "catching" the terrible spirits that invaded his back yard but only seemed to haunt the clothesline. I think he was about 8 or 9 before he stopped doing that. We certainly had lots of holey towels and doona covers for most of his life My current dog drags his blanket all around the backyard, putting it in various sunny spots (or directly outside the back door so you trip over it when you open the door) but he doesn't chew it or cause any damage to it. The only damage I could say he does is very gradual, when he scruffs his inside blankets around making sure his bed is comfortable before he lies down in it - but the blankets still last years, so it isn't really damage, just general wear and tear I guess. Maybe I should have had a dog that chewed things. The kids might have been a bit neater and not left their stuff lying around everywhere :laugh:
  15. I wasn't sure where to put this, as it's not really news. An online survey aimed at dog lovers in Canberra (but I'm sure others could also participate) and the type of functions they would attend. It's for events at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) Link to survey is here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LoversofDogs They ask that responses be made by 10May15
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