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Media Release - Successful prosecution on Animal Cruelty charges

A former Boronia resident has been convicted of animal cruelty and had his dog removed following a successful prosecution in the Ringwood Magistrates Court on Tuesday 5 March 2019.

The matter was brought to Knox City Council’s attention following a complaint by a neighbour. Video evidence of the abuse was also shown to the court.

The man was convicted on one count of being the owner of dog which he failed to register, one count of failing to keep his dog securely confined and one count of dog at large, resulting in a $2000 fine with conviction and costs.

He was also charged with one count of cruelty to his dog under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986, and sentenced to three months imprisonment and ordered to pay compensation of $11, 301.11 (pound fees and costs). He was later released on appeal bail.

Magistrate David Starvaggi also granted Council’s application to dispose of the dog (re-house it) and to disqualify the accused from owning or being in charge of a dog for a period of 10 years. The man is appealing the severity of the sentence, and the matter is listed at the County Court later this year.

Quotes attributable to Mayor, Cr Jake Keogh:

  • Council takes a strong stance on issues of animal cruelty and our officers work hard to investigate complaints and take appropriate action to ensure animals are not mistreated.

Issued: 2 April 2019
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