The RSPCA has issued a "wake-up call" to anyone wanting to get a high-needs dog after they confiscated four spaniels in regional SA.
In a shocking case of animal neglect, four Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, were rescued late last year from a squalid property.
Following a tip-off in May, RSPCA South Australia inspectors seized the dogs who were suffering multiple health ailments including severely matted and dreadlocked coats, ear infections, mouth infections and ingrown nails.
The defendant pleaded guilty to 13 counts of Ill Treatment of an Animal and last week received a 3-month suspended prison sentence, with a $500 good behaviour bond for two years. The Magistrate prohibited the defendant from having any animals for five years.
After months in foster care, all four dogs were adopted into new homes.
RSPCA South Australia chief veterinarian Dr Brad Ward said the case should serve as a wake-up call to people who are considering acquiring a dog that has high grooming requirements.
“All dogs require regular washing and grooming to keep their skin and coats healthy, but some breeds have greater grooming needs than others,” Dr Ward said.
“Though they are very attractive dogs, Cavalier Spaniels definitely fall into that latter category and anyone thinking of getting a long-coated breed like that needs to seriously weigh up the time required for washing, clipping and grooming.”