Convicted and fined $2000

By Benalla Ensign

RSPCA Victoria has been successful in its prosecution of a Benalla woman who was found guilty of animal cruelty offences relating to two dogs seized in October last year.

Judith Roe entered a plea on April 24 at Benalla Magistrates Court and was convicted and fined $2000.

The charges under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act (POCTAA) related to the housing and care of two dogs in Benalla during September and October last year.

Roe, from Benalla, was also ordered to pay costs to RSPCA Victoria in the amount of $6278. Her application to have the two dogs returned to her care was granted.

RSPCA Victoria Senior Prosecutor Daniel Bode said the two dogs had been housed in appalling conditions and were extremely matted.

‘‘This conviction and penalty sends a strong message that both the court and the community take animal welfare very seriously,’’ Mr Bode said.

●Anyone with concerns for the welfare of an animal is encouraged to phone RSPCA Victoria on 92242222 or visit