Puppy starvation case date set for mother and son

A MOTHER and son accused of starving their puppy then neglecting to seek veterinary care for it when it became sick have had their charges adjourned

Maryborough's Jeremy Hill, 17, and Kathleen Theresa Maslen, 39, are each facing two charges of breaching a duty of care to an animal.

Maslen appeared before Maryborough Magistrates Court and said she would be pleading not guilty.

Magistrate John Smith noted that during an earlier court appearance, Hill had indicated he would plead guilty to the two charges.

However the court heard Hill was currently serving time in custody in relation to other charges and would not be eligible for parole until the end of the month.

Mr Smith adjourned proceedings until July 2 when he said the prosecution and Maslen would get the opportunity to call witnesses during a hearing.

Hill's matter would also be heard on that date, he said.

Last month Wide Bay-Burnett RSPCA inspector Penny Flaherty said she was unable to provide photos of the animal or comment directly on the case as it is still before the courts, but she said the puppy was doing well with the RSPCA.