Second Chance at Life #EvieMatters

By RSPCA Queensland

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**Update: Evie's previous owners prosecuted**

Cleland and Peele appeared in Gympie Magistrates court yesterday where Cleland pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty and both Cleland and Peele pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to treat Evie’s injuries.

Cleland and Peele were prohibited from possessing an animal for 5 years and ordered to pay more than $13,000 to the RSPCA in legal and treatment costs.

Cleland is on probation for 3 years where he undoubtedly will be required to undergo anger management counselling and remain drug free for this time. Peele is on probation for one year.

While no jail time was given, the Magistrate did take the matter seriously saying the case was so extreme that he had concerns for the safety of the couple’s newborn child.

Thank you again to all who donated and supported Evie’s long journey to recovery. She is still receiving regular physio treatments while in her happy forever home.

Thank you for your support!

Evie an 8 month old pup arrived at RSPCA QLD with severe injuries to the face, head and hips. She has now undergone vital specialist vet surgery thanks to passionate people like you who responded to our call for help and is on the long road to recovery.

Evie’s journey will be long and expensive and all funds raised over the initial $15,000 target for the specialist vet surgery and initial care will be used to provide complex physio care and lots of love from the team at RSPCA QLD.

Evie's story

Evie is a gorgeous American Staffordshire Bull Terrier with the most beautiful personality, who loves being around people despite the injuries she has sustained and the pain she must have endured during her short life. Some of Evie’s injuries were left untreated for so long that she has learned to walk on her front feet in order to move around!

Evie arrived at RSPCA QLD as a suspected victim of cruelty as part of an Inspectorate investigation. Due to the extent of her injuries she was initially thought to be too “broken” and the vets were seriously considering the kindest thing was to let her pass onto the rainbow bridge and a pain free future.

However, due to the fact that vet team at RSPCA QLD were able to manage her pain and she was able to eat, the decision was made to get further advice and everyone was so pleased to hear that Dr Wendy Archipow and the team at Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre, Albany Creek were confident that they could fix her breaks; and with physio and lots of love from the team at RSPCA QLD she could hopefully have a chance at a new start in life.

Urgent specialist surgery

Evie’s surgery needs were extensive due to the long list of injuries her poor little body has sustained in her short life:

  • multiple cranial fractures
  • fractured teeth
  • likely healed rib fractures
  • both distal femurs fractured
  • a fractured hip

Evie’s surgery happened due to the support of passionate people like you - but she will need expert physio care and lots of love and attention for a number of months after her surgery.

Ongoing investigation

The investigation into Evie’s injuries is continuing and we are confident of being able to lay charges soon.


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Zoe Collins

Sam Abbott