The RSPCA had a win for animal welfare in getting justice for three dogs severely malnourished by their owner.

Thirty-six year old Sue-Ellen Hall from Petrie was found guilty to three counts of Breach of Duty in the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court.

Elke Byrne reports.

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Meet Indy, the 20-month old boxer cross.

It’s hard to believe that this happy, healthy dog was close to death when she was brought to the RSPCA in March.

This is what she looked like then.

A public call for information lead Inspector Cooper to Indy’s owner.

Travis Cooper, RSPCA Metro Inspector: “Upon inspection of the property where the animal came from I found another two animals that were significantly…had lost a lot of weight as well.”

He says Indy’s recovery once on a conventional diet proves how preventable her suffering was.

Travis Cooper, RSPCA Metro Inspector: “It is an extremely frustrating thing and i guess it drives home and reinforces exactly why the person was imposed the penalty
that they were.”

Ms Hall, who failed to appear in Court today, received a $3,000 fine and is prohibited from owning an animal for three years.

The RSPCA says they’re thrilled with the outcome.

And Indy, who has become a favourite at the Dakabin shelter, is on her way to a full recovery.

Kris Woolnough, RSPCA Animal Attendant: “Over the past two months she’s actually put on quite a lot of weight. We’ve noticed a change in her personality, she’s a lot happier so she’s actually done really well.”

The RSPCA will find Indy a new home, one where she’ll get the love and attention she deserves.

Elke Byrne QUT News