A 26-year-old Busby woman has been convicted of multiple animal cruelty charges after failing to provide treatment for her American Staffordshire Terrier and her puppies.

An RSPCA NSW inspector visited the woman’s Busby property on 31 March, 2021, and found five heavily worm-burdened, emaciated puppies covered in their own faeces, and a mother dog with clearly visible protruding rib and hip bones and fly-bitten ears.

The puppies and their mother were seized and sent to the RSPCA NSW Sydney Veterinary Hospital for assessment, where they were surrendered into the care of RSPCA NSW.

Scott Meyers, RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector, said pet owners have a legal obligation to do the right thing by their animal and watching them needlessly suffer is inexcusable.

“These poor pups have had a rough start to life, but with the continued support of the community, we will be there to answer the call for help and rescue animals in need.”

The woman was convicted on four charges of animal cruelty towards her dogs and received an 18-month Community Correction Order, to be served concurrently with a 12-month Community Correction Order imposed for the offences relating to the dogs’ fleas, fly bites, and roundworm.

The Magistrate also ordered the defendant to pay a $500 fine with 50 per cent going towards RSPCA NSW, professional costs of $313.56, and disqualified the woman from owning any animal for five years.