- A Perth man pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after his dog Max was put down
- Max suffered from a ruptured cancerous growth on his scrotum for 2-3 months
- Vets say they could have helped Max if his owner had sought medical attention
A pet owner who left a nasty cancerous growth on his dog's testicles for months without seeing a vet has been fined.
The 44-year-old man from Swan View in Perth has been banned from owning an animal for three years after vets were forced to put down his dog Max.
The American Bulldog cross suffered from a ruptured cancerous growth on his scrotum, with vets confident they could have helped the dog if his owner had sought medical attention.
Vets believe the cancer had been growing on Max's scrotum for at least two to three months.
The owner pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty and fined $3,500 in Midland Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and forced to pay $3,055.69 in vet fees and $345.60 in legal costs.
Max was taken in to RSPCA WA in May 2018 after a member of the community contacted them with concern for his welfare.
Vets found Max was severely underweight, while his cancerous growth had become infected.
Max's body condition was rated as one out of five, with vets putting him down after the strongest available pain medication available had no effect.
RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift said pet owners are responsible for the health of their animals.
'Max’s case is very sad,' she said.
'He should never have been left to suffer like he did, from a condition that could have been treated, or even cured, had his owner taken him to the vet.
'This is a heartbreaking example of what not to do. If you notice any change in your pet’s behaviour or condition, please seek help as soon as possible.
'Animals rely on their owners for their every need, and taking your pets to the vet when they are ill is a responsibility of pet ownership. If you can’t afford it, ask for help, but please, don’t let your pets suffer needlessly.'