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Case ID: 19613
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: dog (non pit-bull), horse
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Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012

Disposition: Convicted

» Katherine Lisa King
» Mariana Kathleen Smith

Two women appeared in the Merredin Magistrate's Court last week charged by the RSPCA with animal cruelty related charges.

Katherine Lisa King, 41, of Chittering has been charged in relation to cruelty and breaching a court imposed banning order of the Animal Welfare Act 2002.

The case was adjourned to reappear in Merredin on May 8.

She will also be reappearing in the Merredin Magistrate's Court on that date charged with other matters including obstructing police officers, stealing and giving false or misleading information to an inspector.

Mariana Kathleen Smith, 59, of Chittering, has been charged with breaching the Animal Welfare Act 2002, namely that she was cruel to animals and allowed them to suffer harm which could have been alleviated by the taking of reasonable steps.

The case was also adjourned to reappear in Merredin on May 8.

It will be alleged that on January 24 2012, RSPCA inspectors assisted police and council rangers with the execution of a search warrant on a South Doodlakine property.

As a result some 50 dogs were seized and taken to the RSPCA in Malaga.

The dogs, of various breeds and age, were roughly segregated according to breed in different areas of the property.

Many of the dogs were found to be suffering from ear mite infestation and secondary infections resulting from failure to treat the conditions by taking the animals to a vet.

An underground bunker was also located on the property; the floor of the bunker was three metres below ground and could only be accessed through a small circular hole with a metal lid, about one metre in diameter.

When the lid was opened there was a stench of animal faeces and urine and 12 dogs were located in the bunker.

It will be alleged that while there was food and water, the dogs were confined to total darkness during the day with little or no ventilation.

Ms King will be sentenced in the Midland Magistrates Court tomorrow for animal cruelty offenses and breaching a court-imposed banning order.


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