Dog breeder is fined $700

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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