A woman has been remanded in custody after her pet chihuahua was starved to death and found in her garbage bin weighing just 1.8kg.
Acting on an anonymous tip off in May last year authorities searched Vicki Brown South Australian property and found the dog in a bin in a property described as ‘absolutely atrocious’ and ‘filthy’.
A pathology exam on the dog’s condition found there was no food in its stomach or intestines, leading to the conclusion that the dog was starved to death.
The 59-year-old was due to be sentenced on Monday but a ‘mysterious’ lawyer that Brown had hired failed to turn up causing the Magistrate to revoke her bail.
South Australian woman Vicki Brown was remanded in custody on Monday after her pet chihuahua was starved to death and found in her garbage bin weighing just 1.8kg
‘I have no doubt there is a high level of dysfunction in Ms Brown’s life. I would like that adequately summarised by a professional pre-sentence report writer as soon as possible,’ Magistrate Sheppard said.
‘Regrettably, in all of the circumstances I have decided the bail should be revoked, Ms Brown will be remanded in custody.’
RSPCA prosecutor Ronan O’Brien was overjoyed by the decision and said that it now set a precedent for future animal cruelty cases.
‘The dog deserved to be loved and cared for, not strewn away like a piece of garbage in a wheelie bin,’ RSPCA prosecutor Ronan O’Brien
Authorities searched Brown’s South Australian property and found the dog in a bin in a property described as ‘absolutely atrocious’ and ‘filthy’
The laundry and bathroom where the dog is said to have been kept
RSPCA prosecutor Ronan O’Brien said ‘The dog deserved to be loved and cared for, not strewn away like a piece of garbage in a wheelie bin’ (stock of a chihuahua)
‘I think it sends a very good message to the community that you can’t treat animal cruelty matters as being of minor importance and that if you do treat it that way the court’s going to send you to prison whilst they finalise the matters.’
Earlier in proceeding the court was shown handwritten receipts for $3,000 from the Victorian lawyer that Brown said she had hired to represent her but ultimately failed to show leaving Magistrate Sheppard unimpressed.
‘She failed to attend her trial,’ Magistrate Sheppard said.
‘I made it very clear she needed to have a lawyer in place, now we have this mysterious explanation about a non-existent interstate barrister who appears to write out odd-looking cash receipts.’
The case will return to court on December 1 for sentencing.