Herald Sun; Peter Familari; feb 25 2010
A SUPPOSED puppy farm found on the outskirts of Melbourne has been described by animal campaigners as one of the worst they have seen.
Animal Liberation Victoria’s Debra Tranter said members were stunned by conditions at the property in Beremboke, between Bacchus Marsh and Geelong, when they launched a spy mission there on Monday night.
“It’s disgraceful and atrocious what those dogs and puppies are suffering,” she said.
According to a Moorabool Council report, investigators went to the property last September and found:
DOGS tethered to derelict cars, trees and in areas without shelter.
ANIMALS given insufficient food and raw meat left on the ground.
DOGS deprived of basic necessities and quality of life.
DIRTY drinking water.
DOGS living in crowded pens covered in faeces.
The council said the puppies were bred for sale.
But owner Les Paxton denied he was a puppy farmer and blamed neighbours for what he said were false allegations.
“The allegations are rubbish,” he said. “Wouldn’t have a clue why but I’ve got neighbours against me.
“I can’t say it’s 100 per cent false, but 75 per cent is false.”
An RSPCA spokesman said inspectors had found no breaches of the Prevention of Cruelty Act.
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