Dog breeder guilty of 40 an­i­mal cru­elty charges

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

A MIA MIA dog breeder pleaded guilty to mul­ti­ple an­i­mal cru­elty charges last week.

Fiona McCoy was one of two Vic­to­rian dog breed­ers fac­ing 40 crim­i­nal charges un­der the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals Act, re­lat­ing to more than 60 dogs seized by RSPCA Vic­to­ria last year.

Ms McCoy and Dan Mur­phy ap­peared be­fore Bal­larat Mag­is­trates’ Court on Tuesday for the first day of a sched­uled three-day crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ing, but in­stead en­tered a plea of guilty.

RSPCA Vic­to­ria’s prose­cu­tor, Se­nior In­spec­tor Daniel Bode, said the res­o­lu­tion was the re­sult of more than a year’s work by RSPCA Vic­to­ria’s Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit into the il­le­gal dog breed­ing estab­lish­ment in Wen­douree.

Mul­ti­ple crim­i­nal charges were is­sued by RSPCA Vic­to­ria in Fe­bru­ary re­lat­ing to hous­ing and gen­eral health is­sues.

“To­day’s out­come demon­strates the strength of our in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the com­mit­ment of our In­spec­torate team,” Mr Bode said.

“The law clearly states that all an­i­mal own­ers must pro­vide ad­e­quate care and pro­tec­tion, and those who fail to ful­fil their obli­ga­tions will be held to ac­count.”

The RSPCA seized 68 dogs from Ms McCoy’s prop­erty near Bal­larat early last year af­ter it claimed the dogs were liv­ing in squalid conditions.

McCoy and Mur­phy for­feited dozens of dogs to RSPCA Vic­to­ria in Au­gust this year af­ter fail­ing to fol­low court or­ders re­quir­ing them to pay $20,552 a month to­wards the dogs’ care.

So far, 18 of the dogs have been re­homed and RSPCA Vic­to­ria con­tin­ues to work to­wards re­hom­ing the re­main­der.

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