A Caboolture woman has pleaded guilty to neglecting three puppies and their mother after authorities found them emaciated. Picture: RSPCA
A Caboolture woman has pleaded guilty to neglecting three puppies and their mother after authorities found them emaciated. Picture: RSPCA

Neglected puppies found emaciated, in the sun

A mother dog and her three puppies were so emaciated they were taken by authorities a court has heard.

Terri-Lee Taylor, 28, pleaded guilty via a letter to Caboolture Magistrates Court to neglecting the dogs at her Caboolture South home between January 19 and February 12, 2019.

A Caboolture woman has pleaded guilty to neglecting three puppies and their mother after authorities found them emaciated. Picture: RSPCA
A Caboolture woman has pleaded guilty to neglecting three puppies and their mother after authorities found them emaciated. Picture: RSPCA

The court heard Taylor's rottweiler Cuddles and her three puppies were severely underweight.

the court heard Cuddles was fed a mix of VIP dog roll, home brand dog biscuits and Weet-Bix.

A Caboolture woman has pleaded guilty to neglecting three puppies and their mother after authorities found them emaciated. Picture: RSPCA
A Caboolture woman has pleaded guilty to neglecting three puppies and their mother after authorities found them emaciated. Picture: RSPCA


When RSPCA officials attended the house for a second time they found the puppies tethered outside, with some of them unable to access shade.

A Caboolture woman has pleaded guilty to neglecting three puppies and their mother after authorities found them emaciated. Picture: RSPCA
A Caboolture woman has pleaded guilty to neglecting three puppies and their mother after authorities found them emaciated. Picture: RSPCA


Vet tests revealed Cuddles to have a body condition score of three on a scale of one to nine, where one is emaciated and nine is obese, while the puppies were scored at either one or two.

A Caboolture woman has pleaded guilty to neglecting three puppies and their mother after authorities found them emaciated. Picture: RSPCA
A Caboolture woman has pleaded guilty to neglecting three puppies and their mother after authorities found them emaciated. Picture: RSPCA


The court heard Taylor had been struggling with finances at the time of the neglect and also had two children to care for.

She was fined $2000 and ordered to pay $1958.

She was also placed on a three-year animal ownership prohibition order but had no conviction recorded.

One of the puppies after it was taken care of by the RSPCA. Picture: RSPCA
One of the puppies after it was taken care of by the RSPCA. Picture: RSPCA


 

Cuddles the mother dog gained weight after the RSPCA intervened. Picture: RSPCA
Cuddles the mother dog gained weight after the RSPCA intervened. Picture: RSPCA

 

One of the puppies showing healthy weight gain after RSPCA intervention. Picture: RSPCA
One of the puppies showing healthy weight gain after RSPCA intervention. Picture: RSPCA

 

One of the puppies looking healthier after some weight gain after RSPCA intervention. Picture: RSPCA
One of the puppies looking healthier after some weight gain after RSPCA intervention. Picture: RSPCA


Originally published as Neglected puppies found emaciated, in the sun


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