Nowra Hill man cops $16,500 bill for animal cruelty and banned from owning dogs for five years

A case of aggravated animal cruelty has cost a Nowra Hill man more than $16,500.

Jack Matthews, 44, of Albatross Road, has also been banned from owning dogs for five years.

In a case brought by the RSPCA, Matthews pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty against an animal and failing to provide veterinary treatment.

He faced six charges in Kiama Local Court, eventually pleading guilty to committing an act of aggravated cruelty against an animal and failing to provide veterinary treatment.

Four other charges of failing to provide veterinary treatment were dropped.

Court documents stated between February 19 and March 4, 2016, Matthews failed to get treatment for a blue female greyhound called Shelley, which was suffering a variety of ailments.

Documents also stated he failed to provide veterinary treatment for four other female greyhounds between February 19 and March 4, 2016.

Magistrate Gabriel Fleming fined Matthews $3600, of which half goes to the RSPCA and placed him on a two-year good behaviour bond.

She also ordered he pay the RSPCA’s costs of $3135 and compensation of $9802 to cover boarding and veterinary treatment bills.

Magistrate Fleming also ordered he not purchase, acquire, take possession of or custody of any dogs for five years, except for three dogs currently microchipped and known to the RSPCA.

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