RSPCA to lay 200 cruelty charges for alleged puppy farm
RSPCA inspectors are close to charging a man with close to 200 animal cruelty related offences following the discovery of an alleged puppy farm at Glenarbon in January.
The 41-year-old man is set to be charged with offences under the Animal Care and Protection Act for breaching duty of care to an animal.
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said the charges were expected to be laid last week but due to the high number of dogs and cats seized from the property, extra time was needed to sort through the nature and number of charges.
A number of animal carcasses were found in a network of dog chains tethering weak, dehydrated and starving dogs whose ribs protruded from their bodies during the search earlier this year.
Many of the dogs were American Staffordshire bull terriers, Australian and American bulldogs, French bulldogs and pitbulls.
The man was first interviewed in February.
"These things don't happen quickly, he had 91 different animals, he could be facing charges on some and not others," Mr Beatty said previously.
Bluebell, 3, is one of 17 dogs which have been surrendered to the RSPCA at Wacol to be re-homed after the animals were taken to be treated for worms, fleas and other injuries.
At least four dogs have already found new homes.
"They came with a vast variety of different ailments. They had hook worm, there was one dog that had a very bad leg injury, they had skin conditions and they were all underweight," Mr Beatty said.
"We do have some of those up for adoption now they have been signed over to the RSPCA."
RSPCA Wacol officers spent more then $29,000 treating the animals in the first five days after they were taken into the centre.
Mr Beatty said the rehabilitation process meant none of the animals had died or been put down while in RSPCA care.