Woman convicted for failing Chihuahua with protruding eye

A 41-year-old Bidwill woman was convicted and sentenced at Mount Druitt Local Court on 21 October 2021 after pleading guilty to multiple animal cruelty charges.

The charges include committing an act of aggravated cruelty upon an animal and failing to provide veterinary treatment to her male Chihuahua.

On 11 December 2019, two RSPCA NSW inspectors attended the defendant’s property in response to a cruelty complaint.

They found the defendant’s Chihuahua with its right eye protruding out of the socket and the left eye covered in thick pus. The dog also had a patchy coat, scaly skin, trouble breathing, and was dripping urine.


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The dog was found to have a prolapsed ruptured right eye and was humanely euthanised


The defendant was convicted and placed on a two-year community corrections order.

Magistrate Corry noted the serious nature of the cruelty and disqualified the defendant from owning any animal for five years.

“Sadly, this Chihuahua was suffering from the consequences of his owner’s neglect for too long. It is inexcusable to leave an animal suffering in the way this animal was left to suffer,” RSPCA NSW Deputy Chief Inspector Aaron Purcell said.

“As a pet owner, you have a legal obligation to make the right choices for your animal, simply doing nothing and allowing them to suffer is not an option.”

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All charges brought under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.


RSPCA NSW is a community-based, not-for-profit, animal welfare charity that protects, cares for, treats and rehomes animals across New South Wales.

Since 1928, the RSPCA NSW Inspectorate has performed a statutory role in enforcing state animal cruelty legislation. Over 35 dedicated inspectors investigate complaints against all types of animals, in all kinds of situations. The Inspectorate exists first and foremost to help people help their animals, and it is their intent to keep animals with their owners when it is in the ‘animal’s best interest to do so. They are empowered to deal with serious animal cruelty offences by the use of statutory powers and enforcement action.

Report animal cruelty via 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589) OR online at: https://www.rspcansw.org.au/contact/report-a-cruelty-case