Ban for sickening injury to greyhound
A KENNEL owner who didn't take a greyhound with a gaping "soccer ball" sized wound on its back to a vet has been fined by a court and banned from involvement in the greyhound industry.
Amy Maree Broadbrick, 33, ran a greyhound kennel in Pine Mountain and for some time she had been caring for two bitches, Irish and Lily, belonging to one owner, for breeding purposes.
Her inaction over the animals' wellbeing led her to appear in an Ipswich court yesterday to face two counts of breaching a duty of care towards an animal.
The court heard that on September 4 last year, the two dogs were dumped at another woman's property. While Lily was underweight, Irish was emaciated and had a massive wound on her back.
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Irish weighed just 21.5kg; well below the 29kg she was when initially leased to Broadbrick.
Broadbrick said Lily and Irish had fought two to three weeks before, and Lily had ripped the skin off Irish.
She said she washed the wound with water and Betadine, but decided not to take Irish to the vet.
When asked why she didn't take the dog to the vet she told an RSPCA inspector: "Do you know how much a vet would cost at 7.30pm at night?"
The court later heard the owner of the dog would have been the one paying the veterinary fees as part of the boarding agreement.
The court heard Broadbrick contacted her father who got antibiotics from a racetrack vet. She administered the antibiotics and, despite the wound not healing, assumed Irish would be fine when she was eating again.
Racing Queensland also conducted an investigation in relation to failing to provide sufficient food, drink and protective apparel to both dogs, and failing to provide necessary veterinary attention to Irish.
She was found guilty on both charges and disqualified from being involved in the greyhound industry for two years. She will now need to reapply for a licence to be involved again.
Magistrate Donna McCallum said Irish had suffered a "very significant" injury and Broadbrick had failed to properly care for the dog.
"Animals are very vulnerable," she said.
"The photograph indicated the injury to this dog is certainly a significant injury that would have been quite obvious."
Broadbrick was fined $2000 by the court, half of which will be given to the RSPCA.