Dog breeder is fined $700
A BREEDER of two greyhounds who had to have their tails removed due to their injuries has been fined $700.
Strathallan’s Ronald Rohm appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to failure to provide vet treatment.
RSPCA Victoria prosecutor Senior Inspector Daniel Bode told the court an inspection took place on July 26.
‘‘The accused owns a greyhound breeding business with around 217 dogs on the property at the time,’’ he said. ‘‘We inspected the property after the RSPCA received a report.
‘‘A black female and a brindle male had significant injuries including to their tails, toes and pressure sores. Both dogs were taken to the vet that day by Mr Rohm.’’
The injuries were sustained some time prior to the visit and Rohm had not checked the dogs for a few days.
Both dogs who had to have parts of their tails removed recovered well and have since been put into the Greyhound Adoption Program.
Magistrate Patrick Southey asked the accused what had been put in place to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
‘‘They had been like this for some time,’’ he said.
The court heard Rohm now houses less than 100 dogs on the property.
‘‘Animal cruelty is a significant issue; it is pleasing you took this seriously,’’ Mr Southey said. ‘‘But this was not a case of a deliberate act of cruelty, you just need to be vigilant.’’
Rohm was sentenced to a 12 month good behaviour bond without conviction.