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A woman who threw her pet dog off a rooftop carpark in Perth will spend at least 12 months behind bars.
The 26-year-old was caught on CCTV throwing Princess, a 10-year-old Maltese shih-tzu, off the two-storey carpark at Westfield Whitford City shopping centre on April 7, 2022.
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Princess fell nine metres off the roof and was found by a passerby, who thought she’d been hit by a car.
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Moment woman throws pet dog off rooftop carpark in ‘callous’ act.
Princess was rushed to a vet and was found to be in shock, with severe injuries, including possible internal haemorrhaging, brain injuries, and spinal and pelvic trauma.
The vet checked the dog’s microchip and contacted the 26-year-old woman, who was listed as her owner.
The offender attended the vet with her partner to discuss her dog’s injuries, but Princess was euthanised.
Princess was a 10-year-old Maltese shih-tzu. Credit: RSPCA WAThe woman was seen holding Princess on the ledge before she threw her off. Credit: RSPCA WA
In the CCTV, the woman can be seen dangling Princess on the ledge and allowing her to walk on it as she argued with her partner over a period of about eight minutes.
After throwing Princess, the woman appears to argue with her partner, who was sitting in a black car.
The partner is then seen driving off, leaving the woman alone on the rooftop.
Following the incident, the owner confessed to the act on Facebook, according to RSPCA WA.
“I can’t live with the guilt, I threw my dog off the top story of a shopping centre carpark and watched her fall to her death, but she survived and needed to be put down due to how badly I injured her,” the woman said in a screenshot of a post provided by RSPCA WA.
“I killed my dog … I did her a favour because all I did was hurt her and abuse her.”
The post was later deleted, and the offender told an RSPCA inspector her account had been hacked.
The woman’s apparent confession on Facebook. Credit: RSPCA WA Princess was euthanised. Credit: RSPCA WA
In sentencing the 26-year-old woman on Tuesday, Magistrate Mark Millington said she had left Princess for dead in what he described as a “planned, deliberate and intentional act”.
The sentence was made up of a 10-month prison term for the offence of animal cruelty and two months for other matters.
The woman was also banned from owning an animal for 10 years.
RSPCA WA Inspector Manager Kylie Green said the case was one of the most distressing she’d seen.
“(It) was a callous and extremely confronting display of animal cruelty,” she said.
“Dogs can be so trusting, and they rely on their owners to keep them safe. I can’t think of a more disgusting betrayal of that trust.
The woman’s partner, who was present during the incident, was fined $2500 and banned from owning animals for three years for failing to seek care for Princess.