Chinchilla butcher convicted for hanging dogs by neck
A BUTCHER who hung two dogs at his property in December last year has been convicted of animal cruelty in the Dalby Magistrates Court.
William John Abbey, 28, appeared before magistrate Gary Finger on Tuesday, where he was found to have caused unjustifiable, unnecessary and unreasonable pain to the dogs, which died in an "inhumane manner" according to Biosecurity Queensland
Abbey told the Dalby Herald that the two dogs, a dalmation and a german shepherd, had been attacking his lambs, and that one had bitten his wife.
Abbey said the two separate hangings took place in December, 2014, at his property south of Chinchilla.
Biosecurity Queensland operations manager Rowan Lambourne said the prosecution was one of the most serious cases of animal cruelty he'd witnessed in the region and the severity of the penalty reflected that.
"Two dogs on the property were destroyed inhumanely by means inflicting unnecessary distress and pain," he said.
"Cruelty to animals will not be tolerated.
"All animal owners have a duty of care, and if you can't meet that duty of care then it is your responsibility to seek assistance to meet those animal's needs.
"Inhumane destruction of an animal is not an option.
"Our community does not tolerate this kind of barbaric behaviour, and we will thoroughly investigate individuals that break the law."
Abbey said he was reported to Biosecurity Queensland by a relative and prosecuted under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001, after a detailed investigation was conducted by Biosecurity Queensland.
Mr Lambourne said people who breach the Act face serious penalties including fines exceeding $235,000 and potential imprisonment for up to three years.
Magistrate Finger prohibited Abbey from possessing or acquiring another dog for three years, and issued a three month suspended prison sentence.
Animal cruelty can be reported to BQ on 13 25 23.