A man facing two charges of animal cruelty relating to greyhounds in his care failed to appear in Singleton Local Court last week. He was convicted ex-parte, fined and banned from owning any animals for a period of five years.
On Tuesday 29 October 2013, RSPCA NSW Inspectors, a representative from Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) and two Police officers attended a property in Singleton following a complaint about several greyhound dogs.
No one was home but nine greyhounds were observed in enclosures at the rear of the property. Seven of the dogs were either thin or emaciated.
On Wednesday 30 October 2013, RSPCA NSW Inspectors and GRNSW attended the property again and seized five of the nine greyhounds. They were transported for immediate veterinary attention.
All seized Greyhounds were rated by a veterinarian as being emaciated. They all exhibited hookworm burden and two exhibited a significant flea burden which was contributing to their emaciated condition.
The owner of the dogs was fined $500 for each offence, banned from owning any animals for a period of five years and custody of all his greyhounds was awarded to RSPCA NSW.
All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulation