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Adelaide family convicted of animal cruelty after RSPCA seizes 14 dogs from their home

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Helpless Labrador named Pumpkin is found emaciated in a ‘filthy’ house with her puppies living in a ‘dirty’ box – but owners STILL allowed to have pets

  • An Adelaide family has been convicted of seven animal cruelty charges
  • RSPCA inspectors seized 14 dogs from their care in February after a complaint
  • They found the house in a sorry state, no water and underweight dogs
  • The couple and their adult son were charged with seven of their dogs
  • The trio were placed in court on a 12-month good behavior bond on Monday










A family has been found guilty of animal cruelty after 14 dogs and puppies were seized from a ‘dirty’ house where faeces were all over the floors and they had no water.

A married couple and their adult son were convicted Monday of seven charges in the Adelaide Magistrate Court, including six counts of mistreatment of an animal and one count of failing to provide adequate food.

RSPCA inspectors visited a home in the northern suburbs of Adelaide in January this year after receiving complaints that a pregnant Labrador named Pumpkin was underweight, where they also found a “very thin” Golden Retriever named Chewy, the ABC reports. .

A couple and their adult son have been convicted of animal cruelty after 14 dogs were seized from their home in February following a cruelty complaint about an underweight Labrador named Pumpkin (pictured)

The owners, one of whom is a registered dog breeder, turned Chewy over to the RSPCA and were instructed to put Pumpkin on a feeding plan.

But less than a month later, the animal welfare agency visited the property again after receiving another complaint and found that ‘the whole house was in a sorry state’ with no visible water for the animals.

The court heard that there was “large amounts of garbage on the floor, feces scattered on most floors and a strong odor” and that Pumpkin’s eight puppies lived in a “dirty” box under the kitchen table.

All the animals were confiscated and Pumpkin, who appeared to be emaciated, was taken to the vet where she was given a body condition score of 2/9.

A second dog was found to be underweight and three were obese, while the puppies had no health problems.

The three defendants, who were charged in connection with seven dogs, were placed on 12-month good behavior bonds and ordered to pay $1,200 each to the RSCPA in animal shelters.

The inspectors returned to the house in February and found that Pumpkin had given birth to eight puppies (pictured), living in a 'dirty' box under the kitchen table.

The inspectors returned to the house in February and found that Pumpkin had given birth to eight puppies (pictured), living in a ‘dirty’ box under the kitchen table.

A Chihuahua cross, Ruby, has been allowed to return home since the house has been cleaned, and is the only animal allowed in the trio’s care “until further notice.”

All other dogs have since been rehomed.

RSPCA SA Superintendent Andrea Lewis said the agency encounters too many backyard breeders who lack basic animal welfare knowledge.

“I hope this family is able to keep their home in a hygienic condition, not only for the well-being of their animals, but also their own,” Ms Lewis said.

“This case is also a reminder that a lactating bitch like Pumpkin has much higher nutritional needs than normal.

“Failing to meet those needs will result in the kind of shocking weight loss we’ve seen in this dog, and is a clear violation of the laws governing dog breeding in SA.”

Pumpkin and her eight puppies, along with four other dogs, have been rehomed after being seized by the RSPCA

Pumpkin and her eight puppies, along with four other dogs, have been rehomed after being seized by the RSPCA

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