Newcastle Herald, Tim Connell; 26 July 2011
A Port Stephens puppy farm owner pleaded guilty yesterday to 10 cruelty charges relating to dogs with conditions ranging from dental disease to urine-soaked fur.
Glen Oak’s Caroline Hudson faced Raymond Terrace Local Court on charges arising from RSPCA inspections of her Kindee Kennels operation breeding shih tzus and King Charles spaniels.
She accepted charges including aggravated cruelty, failing to provide proper and sufficient food, failing to alleviate pain and four counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment.
An RSPCA spokeswoman said inspectors at Kindee Kennels last August found dogs with untreated eye and ear conditions, dental disease, flea burdens and matted, urine-soaked coats.
It was deemed cruel to keep one emaciated silky terrier alive, and it was put down.
Three shih tzus were found in poor condition after not being fed properly for at least two weeks. One had a mammary tumour.
Mrs Hudson was given a two-year good behaviour bond.
She was fined $4500, and ordered to pay $79 in costs and prohibited from owning more than two desexed dogs.
Mrs Hudson would not comment last night on the outcome of the court case.