A family in Perth Australia has been banned from owning a pet after their dog Bindi was found severely emaciated, blind and flea-ridden and had to be put down.
Giovanni Bassi, 72, his wife Maria Bassi and daughter Julie Bassi were each fined $5000 by a magistrate for their treatment of the seven-year-old Shih Tzu.
A concern citizen tip off a RSPCA WA inspector in May and they found the dog suffering form acute pain and distress, severely emaciated and suffering from osteoarthritis.
The dog was also found to be blind with severely matted fur, an open wound on her right front leg, nails overgrown to the extent that some curled more than 360 degrees and with long-term flea infestation.
The dog was sedated then euthanased on humane grounds.
When questioned, the Bassi family claimed the vet was shut, the dog was too sick to be treated and they could not afford vet's bills.
At the Fremantle Magistrates Court on Tuesday the family was permanently prohibited from owning a domestic animal.