Thursday, 5 June 2008

Man fined after 67 chihuahuas rescued

A Maryborough Magistrate has ordered a man to pay the RSPCA more than $86,000 in restitution after he was found guilty of neglecting his 67 chihuahuas.

Last August, RSPCA officers raided 65-year-old Patrick Doran's property at Brooweena, west of Maryborough, and seized 67 dogs that were suffering from bone deformities and skin disease.

The RSPCA says the conditions were putrid.

Today Magistrate John Smith found Doran guilty of "breach of duty of care" for failing to provide the dogs with sufficient food, accommodation and veterinary care.

RSPCA regional inspector Graham Crowden says he is ecstatic new homes can be sought for the dogs.

"We have an opportunity to provide 67 little dogs with a brand new lease on life," he said.

In addition to the restitution, Doran has been ordered to pay a $4,000 fine and is banned from owning a dog for three years.

A conviction has been recorded.

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