BACK TO HEALTH: Axel the Rhodesian ridgeback pup weighed 11.8kg when he was seized and 22.8kg by the time he was rehomed.
BACK TO HEALTH: Axel the Rhodesian ridgeback pup weighed 11.8kg when he was seized and 22.8kg by the time he was rehomed. RSPCA

GRAPHIC IMAGES: Bundy man fined after starving puppy

A BUNDABERG man who starved one of his dogs has been fined $2000.

Wally Gaudioso Honan, 29, did not appear in Bundaberg Magistrates Court and was found guilty of one count of failing to provide appropriate food to a dog in his absence.

RSPCA lawyer Nicole McEldowney told the court that an RSPCA inspector visited Honan's Kepnock property in November 2017 following reports that Axel, a rhodesian ridgeback puppy, was underweight.

The inspector gave Honan and his wife advice about feeding and worming.

STARVED: The RSPCA inspector noted that one of Wally Honan's dogs was in reasonable condition but Axel was in
STARVED: The RSPCA inspector noted that one of Wally Honan's dogs was in reasonable condition but Axel was in "extremely poor condition”. RSPCA

Following a second complaint, the inspector returned in March last year and found two dogs, one in reasonable condition and the other, Axel, in "extremely poor condition".

Honan told the inspector he fed the underweight puppy rice, pasta and "whatever the kids don't eat".

He said he and his wife were unemployed and they were struggling to feed their family but they hadn't tried to rehome Axel as the "children are attached to him".

The inspector seized the puppy.

STARVED: The vet noted Axel weighed just 11.8kg, was malnourished and had signs of ringworm infestation.
STARVED: The vet noted Axel weighed just 11.8kg, was malnourished and had signs of ringworm infestation. RSPCA

Axel was taken to a vet who noted he weighed 11.8kg, was malnourished and emaciated and had signs of ringworm infestation.

After being placed on a feeding plan, Ms MdEldowney said Axel steadily gained weight.

On May 22 last year, the day he was rehomed, Axel weighed 22.8kg, a 93 per cent increase of his total body weight at the time he was seized.

BACK TO HEALTH: Axel was put on a feeding plan and steadily gained weight.
BACK TO HEALTH: Axel was put on a feeding plan and steadily gained weight. RSPCA

Magistrate Neil Lavaring fined Honan $2000, with half that amount to go to the RSPCA.

Mr Lavaring also ordered he pay $900 legal costs, $550 vet and boarding costs and $100 for the cost of his summons.

Honan was also banned from possessing, buying or acquiring any animal until December 31, 2021.

A conviction was not recorded.



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