- Western Australia, Australia -
The RSPCA Western Australia announced that the individual who in 2019 was reported by neighbors for hitting, kicking, and punching his girlfriend’s dog has been banned from being in contact with any animal for a period of 10 years.
Perth Now identified the abuser as 27-year-old MICHAEL JOHN REDINGER.
Rockingham Magistrates Court heard that the victim, a 2-year-old Basenji-Dingo-cross dog named Scotty, was left with severe muscle damage as a result of the SENSELESS and CRUEL beating he suffered at the hands of REDINGER.
REDINGER pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and has also been fined $10,000.
In November 2019, the RSPCA was alerted to an alarming situation involving an innocent dog who was being abused.
A neighbor had looked over the fence and had seen REDINGER wrap something around Scotty’s neck and punch him several times.
RSPCA reports that an inspector responded to investigate and REDINGER “admitted to hitting, kicking and punching two-year-old Scotty “around twice a week for the last few weeks” and that Scotty would yelp in response.”
The inspector seized Scotty and took him to Baldivis Emergency Vet Clinic where he was found to have swelling on his skull and bruising in multiple locations.
Blood tests revealed an elevated enzyme level indicating Scotty had suffered significant muscle damage.
A reported by RSPCA, Inspector Manager, Kylie Green, said Scotty suffered deliberate, prolonged cruelty which would have been both terrifying and extremely painful.
RSPCA said in their release: “What’s particularly distressing about this case is that Scotty had just been adopted from a rescue group six months earlier; he should have found his secure, forever home but instead learned to live in fear and pain.”
The good news is that Scotty is now in a safe, loving home.
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