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RSPCA seizes 29 dogs from Macedon Ranges property

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RSPCA Victoria’s major investigations team seized several animals living in poor conditions from a Macedon Ranges property last week.

Inspectors attended the property with assistance from Macedon Ranges Shire Council officers after a tip-off, 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.

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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,” he said.

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

Among the seized breeds were Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Corgis, Poodles, Poodle crosses, and Schnauzers. Charges have not yet been laid while investigations are ongoing.

More than 100 dogs have been brought into RSPCA’s Burwood Shelter in the past 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 Domestic Animals Act carry a penalty of 164 units for individuals, totalling $31,538.84, while offences under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act carry a penalty of 250 units, equating to $48,077.50 or 12-month imprisonment.

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

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