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Greyhound trainer, 64, charged after 55 dead dogs found

LATEST: A 64-YEAR-OLD greyhound trainer from Bundaberg has been charged after police investigating the discovery of 55 dead dogs at Coonar.

Police from the Joint QPS/RSPCA Greyhound Racing Inquiry Taskforce  executed a search warrant at a Bundaberg residence.

Police found a rifle and ammunition and two people were arrested and charged.

A 71-year-old Bundaberg man has been charged with the unlawful possession of a firearm

A 64-year-old Bundaberg woman and licensed greyhound trainer has been charged with one count each of unlawful possession of a firearm and obstruct police.

The pair are due to appear in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court next month.

The charges sparked a flurry of comments on Queensland Police Service's Facebook page, including calls to ban greyhound racing completely.

Fran Upton wrote:  Why do we even allow this sport to continue. It's not like we don't have enough things to gamble on in the country. It's old out of step with current feeling of animal protection. Get rid of it and ban the people involved with owning animals in the future.

Janelle Christie wrote: Please do everything you can with this investigation. Show the cowards who did this, AND society in general that this is NOT on. You know what they say, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing". We all need to be educating our kids on kindness to any other living being, and teach them that its ok to speak up when they see otherwise.

Anne Callaghan wrote: This will be the nail in the coffin for the greyhound racing industry .... All these allegations will tarnish anyone associated in the industry. No animal should be treated like this.

1.45PM: In a statement on the RSPCA website, spokesman Michael Beatty said it was believed the dogs were killed before the Four Corners special on live-baiting in the greyhound racing industry was aired on February 16.


"Unfortunately as I think most people would be aware, there's always been a lot of wastage in the greyhound industry," he said.

"The indications are that these may just be young dogs that didn't have the speed, basically. But that's really all we know."

Autopsies will be carried out to determine the cause of death, and the dogs' ages.

RSPCA Bundaberg received initial information that the carcasses had been found in the Coonarr area.

RSPCA Inspectors attended the scene where at least 55 greyhound carcasses have been found in various states of decomposition.

Anyone with information that might assist investigators is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

10:15 PM

PATHETIC, cowardly "oxygen thieves" is how Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller described the people behind the dumping of dozens of greyhound carcasses in bushland near Bundaberg.

"I want to be very clear, what I believe has happened here has been the mass murder of 55 greyhounds," she told the media at a press conference this morning.

"The people who have perpetrated this crime to me are oxygen thieves, they are cowards and they are pathetic."

Yesterday's discovery came after a complaint was made to the local RSPCA inspector. 

Detective Superintendent Mark Ainsworth said the area is being treated as a crime scene.

"What we're appealing for is any member of the public particularly in that Coonya Beach Road that may have witnessed or may know of people that that frequent that area, either travelling to greyhound trailers in the rather of their vehicle, panel vans, utes that transport greyhounds please contact Crimestoppers and come forward," he said.
 

He said it was in the interest of people within the greyhound industry to come forward with information.

"Now is the time to stand up and be counted and come forward before we start knocking on your door," he said.

"Some of the greyhounds were in different states of decay and that would sort of indicate to us that they've been dumped there over varying periods of time."

Det Insp. Ainsworth said police would be conducting post mortem testing on the dogs to determine the cause of their deaths.

"I can't comment on the specifics... however I will say that a number of spent 22 cartridge shells were found in the vicinity as well," he said.

 

EARLIER: Dozens of greyhound carcasses dumped in bushland

POLICE and the RSPCA are investigating the gruesome discovery of more than 50 greyhound carcasses in bushland near Bundaberg.

The investigation is being conducted as part of the Joint Greyhound Racing Inquiry Task Force.

RSPCA Bundaberg received initial information that the carcasses had been found in the Coonarr area.

The RSPCA attended the scene where at least 55 greyhound carcasses have been found in various states of decomposition.

Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club president Stephen Bland said he was "shocked" and "disgusted" with the news.

"This is terrible. I've never heard of anything like this," Mr Bland said.

"I am shocked and I will be doing a full investigation through our own club to see if anyone knows about it.

"Normally, when they (greyhounds) are retired, groups like the Greyhound Adoption Program take them in," he said.

The news comes after an expose by Animals Australia and Four Corners revealed greyhound trainers in three states used live bait - possums, rabbits and pigs tied to lures to tempt dogs to race faster.

Investigations are ongoing.

Anyone with information that might assist investigators is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

Topics:  editors picks, greyhounds, police, rspca



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