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Animal carer fined for leaving pets sweltering in a vehicle

Kerri Moore

ROBYN Anne Wilkinson normally takes care of neglected animals, but a slip-up landed her in trouble with the police last month.

As the 59-year-old chatted to a friend in Rockhampton's Northside Plaza shopping centre, her three dogs sweltered in 50 degree heat in the back of her car.

Wilkinson pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Monday to failing to provide duty of care.

Police spotted the animals in the parked car about 2.25pm on February 26.

The windows were down about half-way and signs were propped up warning people to stay away from the dogs.

The court heard there was a small metal dish on the back seat, but it contained insufficient water.

All of the animals were panting heavily and one was in an aggressive state.

It took police and RSPCA officers 35 minutes to remove them.

The dogs were taken to a local vet surgery and assessed before they were released back into the care of Wilkinson.

Solicitor Grant Cagney told the court his client only planned on being in the shops for five minutes, but she had run into an old friend and had lost track of time. He said she was a care-taker for many rescued animals on her 40-acre property and was extremely remorseful for her "terrible mistake".

She was fined $300 and no conviction was recorded.

Topics:  animal cruelty dogs northside plaza rockhampton magistrates court



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