Sydney Morning Herald, MATTHEW BENN, Nov 29, 2009
NSW puppy farmer has been banned from owning dogs for 10 years and fined $155,000 after RSPCA inspectors seized 185 malnourished dogs from his home.
Inspectors were alerted by police concerned about the welfare of almost 200 dogs kept in putrid conditions at the property in Falls Creek in the state’s south.
A number of dead puppies were found, some of which had been tied together with wire and died of strangulation.
Puppy farmer Dario (David) Baena was ordered to pay more than $155,000 in fines and costs, and banned from owning animals for 10 years after being sentenced on multiple counts of animal cruelty in Nowra Local Court on Friday.
Baena pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated animal cruelty, eight counts of committing an act of animal cruelty, two counts of failing to provide vet treatment, and seven counts each of failing to provide sufficient ventilation and failing to ensure housing was kept clean and hygienic in February.
In May, RSPCA inspectors visited his property again and brought a further 10 charges against him.
Magistrate Doug Dick found Baena guilty in his absence of all 10 charges. While delivering his sentence Mr Dick noted that he “had the unfortunate duty of watching the DVD footage” and that it was his “responsibility to protect animals”.
RSPCA NSW chief inspector David O’Shannessy said: ‘‘It’s a great result following the rescue of these dogs from the appalling conditions they endured in the puppy mill.
‘‘Unfortunately when animals are rescued from these situations, despite the best efforts of the RSPCA, not all animals are able to be rehabilitated. Mr Baena’s 10-year prohibition order provides significant protection to animals that may have otherwise ended up in his care.”
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