‘Dog fight­ing’ case in court

The Chronicle - - News - PE­TER HARD­WICK pe­ter.hard­[email protected]­i­cle.com.au

CHARGES against a man ac­cused of be­ing in­volved in a dog fight­ing ring out­side Toowoomba have been ad­journed by the city’s Mag­is­trates Court.

Glenn John Wil­son was not in court yes­ter­day for the men­tion of his charges but was rep­re­sented by a so­lic­i­tor.

The 48-year-old is fac­ing a string of an­i­mal wel­fare charges af­ter the RSPCA un­cov­ered ev­i­dence of what it be­lieved to be a dog fight­ing ring on the city’s out­skirts.

He is charged with two counts of know­ingly per­mit­ting a pro­hib­ited event to be or­gan­ised or sup­ply an an­i­mal or premises for the event aris­ing from the al­leged dog fight­ing as well as four counts of fail­ing to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment for in­jury, four of fail to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate ac­com­mo­da­tion or liv­ing con­di­tions, three of fail­ing to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate food and water and one count of im­per­son­ation of an au­tho­rised of­fi­cer or in­spec­tor.

He has not as yet been re­quired to en­ter any pleas to the charges.

The Chron­i­cle un­der­stands the RSPCA will claim that af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­port, in­spec­tors found a num­ber of dogs at a Kingsthorpe prop­erty with scars and in­juries the or­gan­i­sa­tion claimed were as a re­sult of dog fight­ing.

The max­i­mum penalty for a dog fight­ing-re­lated of­fence is one year’s im­pris­on­ment or a $39,165 fine.

It is be­lieved fur­ther dis­cus­sions and ne­go­ti­a­tions on the charges were be­ing con­ducted be­tween prose­cu­tion and de­fence.

Mag­is­trate Kay Ryan there­fore ad­journed the case for hear­ing men­tion back in Toowoomba Mag­is­trates Court on Jan­uary 18.

Wil­son re­mains on bail.

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