Animal cruelty for sale: $7000 fine for puppy neglect
A TOOWOOMBA woman has been fined more than $7000 after admitting to selling an undernourished puppy.
Julie Michelle O'Neil, 48, had advertised two miniature dachshund pups for sale on the Aussie Trader website in August last year and a Gold Coast buyer had agreed to take one of the pups.
The buyer and her 12-year-old daughter met O'Neil in Gatton and handed over $1200 for a puppy which was placed in the car.
However, on the return trip to the Gold Coast, the buyer noticed the pup had diarrhoea and the dog's condition looked poor.
Once home, the buyer contacted a veterinarian who told her to hydrate the dog overnight and bring it in for an examination in the morning.
The vet found the dog to have suffered clinical dehydration, was malnourished with ribs showing, had a pot belly with audible stomach sounds and had a bacteria infection.
The three-month-old pup was in such a poor condition its health status was rated two out of eight, the court heard.
Magistrate Damian Carroll noted that by the veterinarian's report, the dog had been treated and returned to good health.
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O'Neil, who was self-represented, pleaded guilty to a charge of failing in her duty of care to an animal.
Told by Mr Carroll that the dog had been sold in a very poor condition, O'Neil replied: "She (the buyer) had the choice of two and she chose that one.
"Basically, I sell and buy dogs," she told the court, adding that she had had the particular dog in her care for about 10 days.
Mr Carroll said the community expected animals to be properly cared for and fined O'Neill $5000.
He also ordered she pay $954.30 veterinarian costs, $1000 professional costs and $86.80 filing fees.