WARNING! WARNING!THIS IS TO ADVISE YOU THAT PHOTOGRAPHS IN THIS BLOG ARE DISTRESSING. IF YOU PROCEED EXPECT TO BE SHOCKED......
|Poor Otis looks really unhappy. No surprise when he was ill with|
a large wound - at this point already so bad it was life threatening.
Caring for a dog properly and meeting all its needs takes effort and devotion and is much more than just a walk in the park! If someone is asking just a few dollars you have to ask what time they intend to devote to your dog. Is your dog going to be one of many staying? Will s/he get taken for proper exercise? Will there be any ‘care’ at all?
It turns out the ‘Carer’ had left the harness on the Pug continuously for three weeks. During that time it had sawed into the Pug’s skin causing a truly horrific 6” gaping wound right across the chest from left to right. The wound was so hideous it looked as if the poor dog had been slashed open with a carving knife.
SO BEWARE BOOKING YOUR DOG ACCOMMODATION BASED ON WHAT SEEMS A CHEAP COST. Cheap dog care is going to be cheap for a reason - and you are almost certainly going to get what you pay for.
Ultimately it could cost you - and your dog - so much more if they end up like poor Otis.
BELOW ARE LINKS TO JUST SOME OF THE MANY PUBLICATIONS WHICH REPORTED ON THIS AWFUL STORY
Just a few pics of some of my recent happy guests.....
Magistrate Longley convicted Mr Walsh of Sequence One, with a fingerprinting order, and an $800 fine with moiety to RSPCA NSW. RSPCA NSW Prosecution requested a prohibition order to stop Mr Walsh from being able to work with animals, but it was denied. At the time of sentence, Mr Walsh was still working under Madpaws pet minding service.
Magistrate Longley commented that “the dog can’t talk to tell whoever is in care of that animal that something is wrong. When you put yourself in the public arena to look after dogs, there is an expectation that care will be exercised by that person.”
“The RSPCA reiterates that those persons profiting from the care of animals need to be held accountable and to a higher standard,” comments RSPCA NSW Deputy Chief Inspector Scott Meyers.
“It’s disappointing that someone has abused the trust placed in them to look after a vulnerable animal.”
The agreed facts tendered outline that Otis’ owner contracted Mr Walsh through the pet sitting website Madpaws to look after his two dogs Otis and Dobby a 7 year old Boxer while on an overseas holiday from 3 July 2017 and 15 August 2017 for $36 per night per dog.
On Saturday 1 July 2017 Otis was taken to a veterinary hospital by his owner to have vaccinations and a health check and was found to be healthy. On Monday 3 July 2017 Otis and Dobby were dropped to Mr Walsh’s Elanora Heights residence on Sydney’s North Shore. Otis was wearing a travel harness and dog coat at the time.
On 14 July 2017 the owner first requested photos of the dogs be sent via email. He requested again on 20 July 2017 and on 23 July 2017.
On 24 July 2017 Mr Walsh sent a photo of Otis to the owner, immediately the owner noticed the discolouration around the pug’s chest area and requested the harness be removed. Mr Walsh removed the harness at request and asked the owner if he would like him to take him to the veterinarian.
On 25 July 2017 Otis was presented to a veterinarian who found that he had an open wound 15cm x 3 cm and 20-30mm deep, a strong malodorous smell, had lost weight, there was a pressure sore on his chest, matted exudate around the wound, and ulcerated lesions on his tongue.
The veterinary report outlines that the wound was deep and relatively large given the dog’s small stature, extending the full width of his chest and curving around his shoulders. The report concluded that the pain inflicted to Otis was unreasonable and caused by the failure to remove the harness.
The owner’s mother picked up Otis and transported him to her local veterinary clinic where he underwent surgery on the wound inflicted by the embedded harness and has since made a full recovery.
RSPCA NSW inspectors were alerted to the matter and attended Mr Walsh’s residence and conducted a recorded interview, during which time he admitted that Otis was healthy when he was dropped off and he hadn’t taken off the harness the whole time. He said he hadn’t noticed the injury because the dog was not at a high enough level for him to look at the chest. Mr Walsh claimed that he had fulfilled his duty of care looking after both dogs.