Monday, September 23, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: Kelpie breeder convicted of aggravated animal cruelty



A Limerick man appeared in Goulburn Local Court on Friday 6 September to face seven charges of animal cruelty against Kelpie-breed dogs in his care. The man was convicted, fined and placed on a 12 month Good Behaviour Bond.

On Friday 7 September 2012, RSPCA Inspectors were called to a property in Limerick to investigate the death of a number of dogs. On arrival Inspectors found no one to be home but observed elevated kennels in the rear of the property.

In the kennels Inspectors found the decomposing bodies of a number of black and tan Kelpie dogs that appeared to have been dead for some weeks.

On Monday 10 September 2012, RSPCA Inspectors received a call from the Limerick man. During the course of the conversation the man claimed ownership of the deceased animals.

On 18 December 2012, RSPCA Inspectors returned to the property and found two dogs with limited food and water so placed stickers on the locks to the kennels in such a way so that they couldn’t be opened without disturbing them.

On Friday 21 December 2012, RSPCA Inspectors returned to the property and found the stickers to be intact. Both dogs in the kennels were immediately seized and taken for veterinary treatment.

The man agreed to surrender both dogs to the RSPCA and they have now been successfully rehomed.

The Limerick man pleaded guilty and was convicted on the seven charges of animal cruelty (below) and fined $1,250 and $3,395 in veterinary fees. The magistrate also placed the man on a 12-month good behaviour bond.

List of charges
  • Aggravated animal cruelty (3 charges)
  • Failure to provide reasonable care (1 charge)
  • Failure to provide proper and sufficient food (2 charges)
  • Failure to provide reasonable exercise (1 charge)

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