PETS sitters are set to be charged with causing injury to an animal by not providing them with adequate food, according to a NSW Police investigation.
Key points:A spokeswoman for the Pet Sitters Association of Australia says the charges were an example of the “horrendous” treatment of animals at the Sydney veterinary hospitalIt’s not known if the pet sitter has pleaded guiltyThe charges relate to the incident in October last year, when a pet sitters was left outside in the middle of the night at the Melbourne Veterinary Hospital, where she was treated for a fever.
The Pet Sitter Association of Australian (Psa) said the charges stemmed from a complaint about the treatment of the pet, which it said had been “horrific”.
“A senior veterinary medical officer at the Victoria Veterinary Hospital reported to the Pet Sitting Association of Australasia (PSA) on November 2, 2016 that an individual had been left outside on a cold, wet night with her pet sitting and had been bitten by a rat while she was sitting inside,” Psa said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The animal was subsequently transferred to the Victoria Vet Clinic for further assessment, with the vet later determining the rat was a pit bull.”
“The incident was investigated and no criminal charges were laid, but the charges relate solely to the conduct of the individual.”‘
Horrendous’ treatmentA spokesman for the Victoria Police Department said the officers involved in the incident were not involved in a formal investigation into the incident.
“We are not aware of any criminal charges being laid, nor would we comment on any ongoing investigations,” he said.
“It is not known whether the Pet Satters Association has any current or former clients with concerns regarding the care of their pet sitting.”
“This incident is a reminder of the deplorable treatment of animal in Victoria and it is imperative that Pet Sitting Association of Victoria members and their staff continue to do everything possible to ensure animal welfare is protected at the Victorian Veterinary Hospital,” he added.’
Possible criminal charges’The Pet Sitting Club of Victoria said it was “horrified” and “disgusted” at the incident and that it was in contact with the NSW Police and the Victorian Police and that the “pet sitters should be arrested”.
“We believe this is the result of a blatant disregard for animal welfare and the welfare of our members and we will now be seeking justice,” the Pet Sitter Club said in an emailed statement.
“All of us at Pet Sitting Association of New South Wales (PASWNS) have known for some time that our members have been mistreated at the Vic Veterinary Hospital and our staff have been threatened, intimidated and intimidated, both at work and in the community.”
Pet Sitters have a unique and important role in the Australian Pet Industry and we are appalled that anyone would attempt to abuse or kill a pet while they are at work or on a visit to the Vic Vet.
“This is a very unfortunate incident and we ask for the safety of our staff and members to be protected at all times.”PASwNS and its members will be contacting the Victorian authorities and will take appropriate action.
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