LIFETIME ON THE TRACK ENDS IN COURT
A 90-YEAR-old greyhound trainer who joined the industry in his teens will reappear in court this month on charges related to the live-baiting scandal.
Raymond Gatti is accused of using a pig to train his dogs at a track at Churchable in the Lockyer Valley, where footage was secretly filmed by animal welfare activists on August 22.
Police will allege the pig endured prolonged suffering before it died.
Mr Gatti, who said he had been in the greyhound racing industry since he was a teenager, declined to comment when The Courier-Mail visited his Glass House Mountains property.
It is understood he is denying the allegations.
Mr Gatti appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court last week on one count of serious animal cruelty and was released on bail to reappear on June 29.
He is among 20 trainers banned for life by Racing Queensland since February when ABC’s Four Corners program screened vision of pigs, possums and rabbits being tied to lures and mauled by greyhounds.