Camden Advertiser; 13th April 2011
A BRINGELLY man has been charged with 36 offences under the NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulation.
The proprietor of Pets R Us and Grooming in Narellan, Ivan Pasquali, appeared for sentencing at Camden Local Court on March 30 after pleading guilty to the offences at an earlier court appearance.
An RSPCA spokesman said the authority’s inspectors had responded to many complaints about the welfare of animals in the pet shop between April 2009 and May 2010.
“During this period four inspections identified offences where the pet shop was not compliant with regulatory standards defined in the NSW Animal Welfare Code of Practice for Animals in Pet Shops,” he said.
“In addition to 29 regulatory breaches of the code of practice, Mr Pasquali was charged with seven counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment to four birds, seized by RSPCA inspectors on February 5, 2010 for urgent veterinary attention.
“A budgerigar was diagnosed as suffering a chronic mite infestation and respiratory condition.
“Two cockatiels with respiratory conditions suffered from ocular and wing lesions, and a plum-head parrot had ocular lesions.”
Pasquali was ordered to take part in 100 hours of community service.
He was fined $5400 and placed on a Section 9 two-year good behaviour bond.
The RSPCA spokesman said Pasquali was ordered to dispose of all animals within seven days.
“He has also been prohibited from possessing any animal for two years,” he said.
Pasquali was ordered to pay a total of $13,036.20 in fines and court cost, including $2636.20 in veterinary costs and $5000 towards the RSPCA’s legal expenses.