‘Thousands of ticks’: Broome woman charged with animal cruelty

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Chihuahua cross Picannini in the back of the RSPCA pod. Not the dog in the story.
Camera IconChihuahua cross Picannini in the back of the RSPCA pod. Not the dog in the story. Credit: Abby Murray/Abby Murray Picture: Abby Murray

A 33-year-old Broome woman has been charged with animal cruelty after her Mastiff cross-breed was found extremely underweight with a large amount of ticks on her body.

The RSPCA was alerted to the situation in December and issued the woman with a direction to take the dog to a vet, and provide a written report on the dog’s health.

It will be alleged the woman did not comply, leading to the dog being seized by a Shire of Broome ranger on behalf of the RSPCA.

An examination of the dog found she had thousands of ticks at different stages in her ears and on her body, was lethargic, in general poor condition with a fever and anaemia, and was suffering from the disease ehrlichiosis, caused by the tick infestation.

The accused has been charged uner the Animal Welfare Act 2002 for animal cruelty and failure to comply with a written direction and will appear in Broome Magistrates court on June 21.

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