Animal advocates fear for dogs’ welfare

ABC Ballarat; 25 Feb, 2010

Animal Liberation Victoria is pleading with a regional Victorian shire to shut down an alleged puppy farm near the Brisbane Ranges, west of Melbourne.

Spokeswoman Debra Tranter says the group secretly visited the property at Beremboke earlier this week and witnessed about 40 dogs living in appalling conditions.

Ms Tranter alleges about 40 dogs on the property are kept in cages full of faeces and with no access to water.

The Moorabool Shire has refused to give the owners permission to keep the dogs and is seeking an order from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to shut the alleged farm.

But Ms Tranter says a shire report reveals it discovered the same conditions when it visited the property in September last year.

“I’m asking the RSPCA and the council to enter that property immediately and seize the surviving dogs … every government department that’s gone in in the last eight years has turned their backs on these dogs and walked away, so as far as I’m concerned they’ve got blood on their hands,” she said.

Ms Tranter says the shire took pictures of the dogs when it visited the property in September.

“Council have photographs of dead and dying dogs chained to trees, car bodies, the place resembles a junkyard,” she said.

“It’s pure hell on that property for animals. Council cannot simply take photographs of dead and dying dogs and walk away, they must act.”

The ABC tried unsuccessfully to contact the property owner.

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