Man guilty of failing to provide vet treatment for kitten

Depicts the facial laceration. Credit: RSPCA NSW

27-year-old Strathfield resident Mr Fan Chengbin appeared in Burwood Local Court on 30 May 2017 and pleaded guilty to failing to provide veterinary treatment for his kitten’s broken leg.

On 20 February 2017 Mr Chengbin attended a local veterinary hospital to seek treatment for his injured kitten called Lia, where x-rays revealed a fracture through the growth plate of the distal (far end) of the radius/ulna (forearm). Lia was given pain relief and recommendations were made for her treatment.

On 24 February 2017 the RSPCA attended Mr Chengbin’s Strathfield residence in relation to a complaint that he had not returned for the recommended veterinary treatment.

On arrival, the kitten was found contained within a small wicker table/ornament, the reason given was that it restricted her movement as the injury hurt her to move.

Questions were asked as to the reason why the cat had been denied the required veterinary treatment, when Mr Chengbin responded that he and his partner had taken her to a Chinese medicine person who had massaged Lia’s leg and bandaged it. The cat was seized for veterinary treatment.

Veterinary examination found:

  • Lia had a laceration across the bridge of the nose and a fracture of the crown of the upper right temporary canine
  • Lia was lame and non-weight bearing on the right foreleg. On the foreleg was an ad-hoc bandage/splint. The splint was removed. Unfortunately the splint was found to be pivoting at the fracture/dislocation site exacerbating the condition of the injury
  • Her right fore paw was swollen, hanging limp and displaced laterally (outwards)
  • X-rays from initial veterinary hospital indicated a fracture through the growth plate of the distal (far end) of the radius/Ulna (forearm bones).

Surgery was then conducted to reduce the fracture and monitored recovery took 4-6 weeks.

“This kitten suffered unnecessary pain because her owner delayed the required basic veterinary treatment for her broken leg. Our advice to pet owners is to take animal welfare seriously and seek veterinary treatment immediately and to take the vet’s professional advice. If you do not, you can risk causing your pet a lot of pain and stress and you may even end up being prosecuted like Mr Chengbin here,” comments RSPCA NSW Inspector Emily Brisciani.

The Magistrate ordered Mr Chengbin to pay $1,000 for the veterinary bill, $300 towards shelter costs, and a $600 fine for failure to provide veterinary treatment with moiety awarded to the RSPCA. A prohibition order was sought by RSPCA legal representation, but was not granted by the Magistrate.

Lia continues to recover well in RSPCA care, and it is expected that she will become available for adoption in the coming weeks.


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