RSPCA Victoria seizes 29 dogs and puppies from horrible conditions

Published on 4 July 2023

RSPCA Victoria’s Major Investigations Team executed a warrant and seized 29 dogs and puppies from a Macedon Ranges Shire property on Monday following a tip off.

The seizure is the latest development in an ongoing major investigation into a network of alleged illegal dog breeding.

Inspectors attended the rural property, with assistance from Officers from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council on Monday and seized 29 dogs for animal welfare concerns under a Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 warrant.

The warrant was executed as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged illegal puppy breeding operation with serious animal welfare concerns and is suspected to be connected with two similar seizures in other areas.

Speaking about the seizure RSPCA Victoria’s Major Investigations Team Senior Inspector Shannon Walsh said the animals were housed in unsanitary and unsafe conditions.

“The animals were found in horrible conditions at the property and we’re now providing care and treatment to the animals while we investigate further,” Senior Inspector Walsh said.

“RSPCA Victoria remains committed to ending the practice of illegal animal breeding, rearing, and selling in Victoria.”

Among the breeds seized were Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Corgis, Poodle, Poodle crosses and Schnauzer.

Charges have not yet been laid while investigations are ongoing.

RSPCA Victoria’s Inspectorate has brought more than 100 dogs into the Burwood Shelter in the last two weeks through seizures or surrenders, with more expected over the coming weeks.

In Victoria, dogs and cats must be sold from a registered domestic animal business, a private residence, or a place where an animal sale permit is in place. It is an offence under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 to sell animals in public places such as parks, roadsides, and car parks in Victoria.

Offences under the DAA carry a penalty of 164 units for individuals, equating to $31,538.84. Offences under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 carry a penalty of 250 penalty units, equating to $48,077.50 or imprisonment for 12 months.

Anyone with concerns for the welfare of an animal is encouraged to contact RSPCA Victoria on 9224 2222 or submit a report at rspcavic.org/cruelty-report immediately.

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