Woman forced to pay $80k after neglecting pregnant dog

NEGLECT: Ava the t dog was seized by the RSPCA after it was neglected by her owner, Tammy Lee Chapman.
NEGLECT: Ava the t dog was seized by the RSPCA after it was neglected by her owner, Tammy Lee Chapman. Contributed

A BUNDABERG woman will be forced to pay almost $80,000 to the RSPCA after neglecting her pregnant dog to the point where the dog could have died.

Tammy Lee Chapman, 31 was found guilty at Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Thursday to two counts of breaching her duty of care to the german shepherd named Ava, who was found wandering the streets on April 24 last year and taken to a vet by a council officer concerned for her health.

Magistrate John Smith had reserved his decision until Thursday after a two-day trial in February.

During the trial, RSPCA Wide Bay inspector Penny Flaherty gave evidence that on April 13 last year, she visited Chapman's home after she had received a complaint but nobody was home.

Ms Flaherty caught a glimpse of Ava through the fence and was concerned enough to phone Chapman and discuss increasing food for Ava and establishing a feeding plan.

Chapman told the court she took Ms Flaherty's advice and had been feeding Ava three times a day before going on holiday on April 24, leaving Ava at home to be fed by a friend.

But when two-year-old Ava arrived at the vets on April 24 she was emaciated, heavily pregnant and suffering from tapeworm infestation.

HEALTHY: Ava today.
HEALTHY: Ava today. Contributed

Dr Susan Carroll, who initially treated Ava said she was "very thin” with a body score of two out of nine - with one being extremely emaciated and nine being overweight.

In the care of RSPCA, Ava gave birth to 10 pups, one had to euthanised.

On Thursday, Mr Smith told the court that on the evidence provided by the RSPCA including two expert witness testimonies, the RSPCA had proven beyond reasonable doubt that Chapman neglected to provide food to satisfy the dog's requirements for energy and placed the dog's health and the health of the unborn pups at severe risk.

"The overwhelming conclusion was that all the pregnant dog needed was food in sufficient quantities,” Mr Smith said.

Representing the RSPCA, solicitor Nicole McEldowney told the court the RSPCA was seeking compensation for costs relating to; flying witnesses to Bundaberg; professional costs and; boarding and vet costs for Ava and her pups for the past 388 days totalling $79,405.59.

Ms McEldowney said Chapman had been offered a number of opportunities to mitigate the costs by surrendering her dog and the pups to the RSCPA, the first being on April 26 last year.

On that occasion, Ms Flaherty explained in detail that costs would be sought and would increase the longer Ava wasn't surrendered.

Chapman declined the offer on all occasions.

Mr Smith ordered Chapman to pay the $79,405.59 to the RSPCA within six months.

She was also fined $1000 and the conviction was recorded.

Chapman is prohibited from owning, caring or possessing any animal for five years unless authorised by RPSCA.

Topics:  buncourt rspca

Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Insider’s guide to the best rooftop bars

Eleven Rooftop Bar is one to put on your hit list.

SEE the world from a different perspective...

Where to get your hands on the best wings

Try out these bad boys at Buffalo Bar.

IS THERE anything better than a wicked bowl of chicken wings? Nope.

Mum poses nude in support of body awareness

IN THE BUFF: Krystal Gordon poses in support of body confidence.

Bikini turned Krystal's life around

Bend in road is a 'death trap'

Motorcycle crash on Cedars Rd at South Kolan which occurred in October last year.

It's a head-on waiting to happen

Shop awning panel collapses and falls on CBD street

DOWN DOWN: Colette Smith, who runs Zest hairdressing, said she had informed her landlord about the condition of the awning.

Passers-by walk over debris for hours

Local Partners

19 dead, 50 injured in Ariana Grande 'terror attack'

NINETEEN people have been killed and at least 50 people have been injured following a terror attack in Manchester

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

Seven Year Switch: The boner to end all boners

Johnny’s outraged over claims he has a cracked boner.

She gulps. Her face says it all.

Bay to star in Hollywood shark thriller ‘Cage Dive’

Cage Dive, written and directed by Gerald Rascionato, is now screening in the United States of America. It had scenes filmed in Hervey Bay.

And our visiting humpback whales also make appearance.

Celebrity sex tapes: Where does all that money go?

Basically, did Paris and Kim earn fortunes from their videos?

Cher, 71, and Celine Dion wow world at Billboard Awards

“I’m 71 yesterday and I can do a five-minute plank, OK.”

Judah's return to The Voice stage is a knockout

Judah Kelly performs during his knockout round on The Voice.

QUEENSLAND singer nails Adele hit.

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Deputy Premier makes massive call on controversial sand mine

Aerial view of the proposed Forest Glen sand mine.

BREAKING: State Government makes huge call on Coast sand mine plans

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!