Cruel animal abusers left SEVEN dogs to starve to death


A woman and man who left seven dogs without adequate food, water or bedding have been banned from owning an animal for two years and each let off with a fine.

Caterina Armanelli appeared in Cairns Magistrates Court on Thursday, where she pleaded guilty to failing to provide adequate care for her female Rhodesian ridgeback Brownie, her brother-in-law's male Siberian husky Demon and their five puppies.

Her brother in law, fly-in fly-out worker Adam Manfield didn't attend court but was also convicted, The Cairns Post reported.



Brownie (pictured with her puppies) was found in a severely emaciated condition

According to the RSPCA statement of facts supplied to Daily Mail Australia, inspectors executed a search warrant of Manfield's Woree property last October in response to neighbours' reports of concern about the animals' welfare.

Brownie was found in severely emaciated condition while the terrified puppies, aged 5-6 weeks hid under some old car shells and refused to respond to approach by inspectors.

'There was no food or water available for the dogs or puppies,' the RSPCA statement of facts states.

'There was a substantial build-up of faeces in the yard and no bedding available for any of the dogs.'
'The dog looks like a skeleton — it was appalling treatment of the animal. This poor animal suffered greatly at your hands,' the magistrate told Brownie's owner Caterina Armanelli

RSPCA seized the dogs and took them to a vet to be examined.

'Brownie was emaciated, with a body condition score of one on a scale where 1 is emaciated and 9 is obese,' the statement of facts read.

'The vet stated that it would have taken weeks to months for Brownie to reach that state, depending on what food she was being provided. '

While Demon and the puppies were found to be reasonable condition, all seven dogs seized were dirty and required worming.
Brownie (pictured) remains in the care of the RSCPA and has returned to her goal weight

The court heard Armanelli argued with Manfield to relocate the dogs to her home where she had more room but had her defence dismissed by Magistrate Joe Pinder.


He told the court Armanelli failed every moral test and obligation as a pet owner to Brownie, The Cairns Post reported.

'You don't have to be a veterinary surgeon to understand that this dog is severely emaciated,'  Magistrate Pinder said.
Caterina Armanelli and Adam Manfield were each fined $3000 and banned from owning an animal for two years after seven dogs were seized  by the RSPCA last October

'The dog looks like a skeleton — it was appalling treatment of the animal. This poor animal suffered greatly at your hands.'

Armanelli and Manfield were each fined $3000.

All puppies and Demon have since been adopted while Brownie remains in the care of the RSCPA, having recently returned to her goal weight.

Four months after she was found severely emaciated, Brownie has returned to good health

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