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Mother and son accused of starving puppy for weeks

A MOTHER and son who allegedly starved their puppy then failed to seek veterinary care for it when it became sick, have appeared before Maryborough Magistrates Court.

Maryborough's Jeremy Hill, 17, indicated his intention of pleading guilty at his next court date to two charges of breaching a duty of care to an animal, telling the magistrate he was seeking an adjournment to get legal representation during sentencing.

His mother, Kathleen Teresa Maslen, 39, was facing the same two charges but pleaded not guilty.

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The court heard the charges related to an alleged failure to provide care for a black female golden retriever-cross puppy.

The first breach of duty to an animal charge alleged that the dog had been deprived of food.

The second charge related to failing to take reasonable steps to provide veterinary care for the animal when it became sick.

The court heard the two had allegedly failed to provide care for the puppy over a period of more than two weeks, between February 1 and February 17 this year.

Wide Bay-Burnett RSPCA inspector Penny Flaherty said she was unable to provide photos of the animal or comment directly on the case as it is still before the courts, but she said the puppy was doing well with the RSPCA.

Now named Chaise, the puppy was still in care but would soon be rehomed, Ms Flaherty said.

Hill and Maslen will appear before Maryborough Magistrates Court again on June 10.


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