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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 29th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 30, 2009 5 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Final moments of neglected pet FIONA BRADY A RUSSELL Lea woman who let her dog become so ill and emaciated that he had to be put down has been banned from owning animals for 20 years. When an RSPCA officer called to the woman's home in October last year after receiving a cruelty complaint, Whippy the whippet was barely mobile and was so emaciated that his hips, ribs and spine were clearly visible. He was covered in bleeding scabs and had extensive fur loss due to a severe skin condition that had not been treated. He was seized and taken to Sydney's Yagoona Shelter for veterinary treatment. But his condition was so poor it was cruel for him to be kept alive and he was put down a short time later. Two weeks ago in Burwood Court, Whippy's owner Abigail Highfield, in her absence, was found guilty of failing to provide veterinary treatment. She was banned from owning animals until 2030 and ordered to pay a $2000 fine, more than $1200 in veterinary costs and $73 in court costs. She was also ordered to report to her local police station for a fingerprint order. It follows an animal cruelty case in January this year involving a Five Dock man whose border collie was so emaciated, it was unable to stand. The man was found guilty of aggravated animal cruelty and was given a five-year good behaviour bond (section 9) and ordered to pay professional costs of $750. The saga of Edwin St SHIREEN KHALIL The block of units in Edwin St, Croydon, where Burwood Council workers claim they did unpaid building work for general manager Pat Romano. A BURWOOD Council staff mem- ber who claims he worked on general manager Pat Romano's properties said he did so for fear of losing his job. The worker was one of six council staff who allegedly worked on Mr Romano's drive- way at his Russell Lea home and at a block of six flats owned by Mr Romano's wife and the wives of Burwood Council's principal ar- chitect Albert Becerra and Canada Bay councillor Tony Fasanella. The worker, who would not reveal his name for fear of retri- bution, told the Inner-West Weekly he had no choice but to take orders from Mr Romano. ''Pat Romano is the general manager, he's God of the whole organisation,'' the worker said. ''Now, if one of us workers would say no (to doing work for Mr Romano), that would be detri- mental to our future in Burwood Council. ''So when he says, 'I want this done', we're in no position to say no, for fear of losing our jobs.'' Mr Romano has denied the allegations, saying it is part of a campaign by disgruntled current and former employees to stop the implementation of council re- forms that he is championing. ''Any claims that I have used my position at council for self- gain are outrageous and untrue,'' Mr Romano said. The council worker said Mr Romano should have been made to stand down until the Indepen- dent Commission Against Cor- ruption's investigation into the allegations was complete. ''Mr Romano says he wants transparency in council. If he wants to be transparent, it should start with him,'' the worker said. ''Most things have been done in secret and are not transparent, and the residents don't know what's going on.'' Another council worker told the Inner-West Weekly that he worked on a flat at 187 Edwin Rd, Con- cord, for Mr Romano. He received an email from Mr Romano on June 10, 2008, at 11.37am titled ''Wnindow (sic) stegbar''. The email read: ''Below are details for supply of windows for units. Can you please make con- tact and place order please.'' The workers said they had had a good relationship with Mr Romano until they refused to work on another one of the six units. ''This is where we put our foot down because we had had enough -- we were working in council time, our time and there was no money involved,'' a worker said. They said the relationship worsened when one of the six workers made a confidential dis- closure statement about the block of units that was leaked to the general manager by senior Burwood Council management. ''About eight weeks ago the general manager rang me -- he was furious that someone made a disclosure against him and Albert Becerra,'' a worker said. One of the workers said the scandal had affected his entire life. ''It has affected my family life, my social life and I'm having problems at home -- I can't sleep at night,'' he said. 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