A 42-year-old Nowra woman has been fined more than $111,000 and banned from owning animals for five years.
Janine Marion, of Berry Street was found guilty of 14 charges by Magistrate Michael Stoddart in Nowra Local Court on Wednesday.
Marion was found guilty of four counts of being in charge of an animal and failing to provide veterinary treatment; five counts of failing to provide proper and sufficient food to an animal; three counts of confining an animal in a cage of dimensions inadequate for exercise and two counts of failing to provide proper and sufficient shelter to an animal.
The charges stem from an RSCPA NSW operation, in which they seized eight cats and 12 dogs from a property on Millbank Road, east of Nowra in November 2012.
The court heard RSPCA officers attended the property on November 30 at 9.30am where the temperature had already reached 30 degrees. The officers reported seeing a number of animals in inadequate conditions.
Officers seized four poodle-cross dogs that were tethered on short leashes in a shed and next to a station wagon, with both groups of animals having inadequate or no water supply.
Six dogs, including four cattle dog-cross pups, a Maltese-cross pup and a female silky-cross, were found in overcrowded conditions in a small cage in the backyard of the property.
Another four dogs were also found on an upstairs veranda area, lacking shelter and water.
In the kitchen of the home, two poodle-crosses were found in carry cages.
The RSPCA inspector examined the animals and could easily feel their vertebra, hips and ribs and they stank of urine and faeces.
Eight cats were also seized from three cages from inside the station wagon.
The 20 animals were taken to the Nowra RSPCA Animal Shelter and were treated, with four found to be infected with hookworm.
Ms Marion pleaded guilty to a number of charges, with Magistrate Stoddart fining her $2000 on each of the 14 guilty findings.
She was also ordered to pay the RSPCA’s costs of $83,243.58 for boarding the animals and veterinary costs, a total of $111,243.58.
Magistrate Stoddart also placed Ms Marion on a two-year good behaviour bond and issued a number of other orders including that she must notify the RSPCA NSW of the address at which animals are kept within seven days and notify the court and RSPCA of any change of address within seven days.
She was also ordered to permit RSPCA officers to inspect any animals in her possession and must allow them access to her premises for the purpose of such an inspection.
She was ordered to dispose of all animals she is in charge of in seven days except for two de-sexed dogs, a labrador retriever, staffy-cross and labrador retriever.
The eight animals held by the RSPCA, being the offspring of the animals seized, are disposed of into the custody of the RSPCA.
Ms Marion was ordered not to purchase or acquire or take possession or custody of any animal for five years.