Woman’s horror treatment of dogs revealed
A South Australian breeder ill-treated her 23 pomeranian dogs by keeping them in "squalid" conditions, including dirt floors covered with faeces, urine and rotten bones.
Dora Ryan was also found with four german shepherds that needed to be euthanised because she failed to provide them with veterinary care.
She was found guilty of 27 counts of ill-treating an animal but appealed against her convictions in the Supreme Court.
Ryan had claimed that the trial was unfair because the magistrate had made errors in law, made unreasonable decisions and predetermined her supposed guilt.
However, Justice Mark Livesey dismissed the appeal in a judgment published this week.
It is the latest in a lengthy legal battle between Ryan and the RSPCA, who had prosecuted the case.
The judgment reveals that RSPCA inspectors found about 80 dogs when they searched her property at Baroota, north of Port Pirie, in May, 2017.
During their visit, a german shepherd so lame that she did not appear able to stand was euthanised by a veterinarian on site.
Additionally, 26 dogs and 23 chickens were seized from the property.
Among them were three other german shepherd dogs found to also be lacking muscle condition in their hips, hind legs and back.
They received treatment but were eventually euthanised.
Ryan's Magistrates Court trial heard evidence that the pomeranians were kept in pens of a "very low standard".
In delivering the guilty verdicts, the magistrate accepted that the quality of water in each pen was inadequate and inappropriate.
"Dirty, filthy" bones were also found, which could have caused gum trauma and excessive teeth wear, as well as faeces, urine and soiled bedding.
Justice Livesey said Ryan maintained the water was not "of such poor quality that (she) should be held criminally liable".
She argued the inspectors who visited her property found "alert, bright dogs, with proper body scores, of proper weight" with "no evidence of the requisite distress required for the charges".
However, in dismissing the appeal, Justice Livesey said that assertion was irrelevant regarding the pomeranian dogs and contrary to the evidence regarding the german shepherd dogs.
Originally published as Woman's horror treatment of dogs revealed