A man who inflicted horrible cruelty on three of his pet dogs has been banned from owning pets for five years.
Queensland man Nathan Douglas Houlison was punished after leaving his three dogs abandoned in a home surrounded by rubbish and faeces with no food and dirty water, which led to the dogs being severely ill and starving.
Between October 2012 and August 2015 the RSPCA received 14 complaints against Houlison.
All three dogs were riddled with ticks and fleas, while the two elder dogs were infested with hookworm and the younger dog's toenails were so long she could barely walk.
Apparently the man, who has previously been charged for amphetamine possession, abandoned the dogs because he was "scared" to visit the property.
"He admitted not attending to the dogs every day, stated he was too scared to attend the property as people were 'after' him," RSPCA lawyer Jordan Ahlstrand said.
"He admitted the inside of the house was disgusting as evident by the photos ... but he felt he had no other choice.
"He left the dogs at the property to protect them and he knew the dogs were in poor condition and he did admit to not feeding them."
Two of his five dogs were able to be rehomed, however, another one wasn't due to behavioural issues.
Houlison was ordered to pay $5000, of which half would go to RSPCA, as well as the vet bill of $3167.96, the summons cost of $92.90 and $1200 for professional costs.