Cruelty leads to a ban on animals

A MAN from Valery, between Bonville and Gleniffer, has been banned from owning more than two desexed dogs or any other animals for the next five years after being prosecuted by the RSPCA.

Jefery Emerton pleaded guilty in Coffs Harbour Local Court to seven charges of animal cruelty against four horses and 37 dogs in

his care.

Emerton had three separate matters heard simultaneously, including one that saw three litters of puppies immediately seized by RSPCA inspectors.

The 22 pups were found huddled on wet concrete floors with no food, bedding, access to water or natural light. All had health problems.

The two other matters related to four horses, resulting in charges of failing to provide enough food and not providing veterinary treatment.

All charges were made under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Emerton was ordered to pay $21,313.39, was put on an 18-month good behaviour bond and ordered to surrender all companion animals with the exception of two desexed dogs.



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