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A 23-year-old woman was fined $2,500 in court on Jun 21 for one count of pet abandonment.
In statement, the AVA said that they were alerted to a case of pet abandonment at Canberra Road.
A pet cat was found by a member of the public and a carrier with the accused’s details was found near the cat.
AVA investigated immediately and upon questioning, the accused admitted to abandoning her cat after a family conflict.
The cat was cared for by a fosterer during investigations and has been successfully rehomed with the help of an animal welfare group, which is one of AVA’s rehoming partners.
The AVA has reiterated that they take a stern view on pet abandonment.
All feedback on pet abandonment and will be investigated and enforcement action will be taken where necessary.
Individuals who abandon their pets are liable to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or 12 months jail term for first convictions.