A SWAN View man who let his American Pitbull cross suffer intolerable pain from a ruptured cancerous mass has been banned from owning pets for three years.
The 44-year-old man appeared in Midland Magistrates Court on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty.
His dog, Max, was seized by an inspector in May 2018 after a community member, concerned for the welfare of the dog, contacted the RSPCA.
Max was taken to an external vet for emergency treatment and was found to have a ruptured growth on his scrotum.
He was also found to be underweight, with a body condition score of one out of five.
Biopsies of Max’s wound taken by RSPCA vets indicated the growth was a cancerous mass, which had been left untreated and was now infected.
Despite treating his pain and the infection, Max showed little sign of relief.
He was transferred to an external vet who determined he was in intolerable pain and even the strongest medication available was having no effect.
The only humane option was to end his suffering.
The vet estimated the mass had been growing for at least two to three months, and that the infection had been present for a minimum of one to two weeks.
RSPCA WA chief inspector Amanda Swift said the condition could have been treated or even cured if his owner had taken Max to the vet.
“Max’s case is very sad,” she said.
“He should never have been left to suffer like he did.
“Imagine the pain he had endured, day-in day-out, with no relief.
“Animals rely on their owners for their every need, and taking your pets to the vet when they are ill is a responsibility of pet ownership.
“If you can’t afford it, ask for help but please, don’t let your pets suffer needlessly.
“Thank you to the member of the community who noticed Max was in pain and reported it.
“We rely on the community as our eyes and ears on the ground to report incidents like this, so please don’t be afraid to stand up and be a voice for the voiceless.”
The man was also fined $3,500 and ordered to pay legal costs of $345.60 and vet costs totalling $3055.69.