THE RSPCA is continuing investigations into allegations of animal neglect at a home at Bowenfels this week.
A Lithgow City Council spokesman said yesterday a council ranger had been called to assist an RSPCA inspector following complaints that occupants of a home in the Landa Street area had ‘gone away’ leaving two dogs without food or water.
They allegedly found one young dog dead in the backyard which was suspected to have died of starvation.
The second dog, which had only three legs, also appeared seriously malnourished.
There were no people at the house at the time and it was uncertain how long the unfortunate animals had been left unattended.
The surviving crossbreed dog was taken to a local veterinary clinic and then to the RSPCA shelter at Orange where it is currently undergoing treatment.
The RSPCA is currently conducting inquiries into the circumstances of the incident and a spokesman said a prosecution was possible.
Meantime in an unrelated matter in Lithgow Court on Thursday the RSPCA listed 16 animal cruelty charges against a Portland woman.
On the application of the woman’s legal representative Magistrate Georgia Knight adjourned the matter until September 8.