I recently wrote an article regarding several dogs that had been chained up in bushland at Blind Bight near Cranbourne near Melbourne.
Since then there have been further developments. The keeper of the dogs has had his first court mention on the matter, Casey Council have laid their charges, Dogs Victoria have issued a statement, and the woman who handed the dogs over to her former lover to live out their days at the end of a chain has done her best to tiptoe past the landmines she left behind herself.
Casey Council are one of the most animal-friendly councils in Victoria and have laid numerous charges against Troy Scoble, who went crazy with a shotgun after discovering authorities had been tipped off regarding his treatment of these long-suffering dogs. As RSPCA Victoria stated on their Facebook page;
“The City of Casey has had the foresight to turn a non-compulsory Victorian code of practice into a locally enforceable bylaw. That decision meant that they were able to lay charges, where we could not.”
Some of these charges have included;
- Keeping excess dogs on a property without a permit and subsequently, failing to either reduce the number of the dogs kept or apply for a permit
- Failing to provide sufficient housing
- Tethering dogs on tethers of less than 3m
- Using tethering as a permanent means of restraint for dogs
- Failing to register dogs.
In the meantime the RSPCA have issued several Notices To Comply. We will wait and see whether “Mad-Gunner” Troy complies.
In a move which has caused many of its members grief and disappointment Dogs Victoria have sought to distance themselves from the matter despite the woman at the centre of the saga being a Dogs Victoria member with a prefix. Dogs Victoria issued the following statement via social media and promptly censored responses that didn’t suit their agenda.
It has come to the attention of DOGS Victoria that the RSPCA, Victorian Police and Local Council have received reports regarding the welfare of dogs on a property within the Casey Council area.
The DOGS Victoria member mentioned in the information provided is not an active member of the Association.
DOGS Victoria contacted Casey Council and has been advised of the following – the DOGS Victoria member mentioned has no case to answer and is not a person of interest in the matter. The second person involved in this matter is not a member of DOGS Victoria and therefore outside of the jurisdiction of the Association.
“Active Member”. The use of the word “active” certainly raised my eyebrows as it seemed to be trying to distance Dogs Vic from her membership.
An active member is a breeder who registers puppies as purebreds through Dogs Victoria.
So what is the extent of the relationship of Simone Dines with Dogs Victoria and what does it tell us about the kind of people Dogs Victoria are happy to endorse, promote and work with?
Simone Dines as we now know left the dogs who now dwell on chains at Blind Bight with the former partner now facing court on multiple charges and with his gun siege still under investigation. It is safe to say that given Troy and Simone have been close for many years that she may have a reasonable idea of what awaited the dogs in question. Several people have made contact claiming to have made donations to help these dogs and had been assured by Simone that they had been adopted out to good homes, instead they had been handed to a former lover to chain up in the bush for months.
Simone was also happy to pose as a charity despite not being registered and taking public donations that were deposited into a personal bank account.
This is also someone who publicly defended the shooting in the head of one of the dogs in her care rather than give it an ethical death. Maybe a humane death was too expensive for Dines, although many had donated towards the dogs care unaware they were actually funding a bullet.
As mentioned Dines is a paid-up member of Dogs Victoria, but she is more than just that.
Dines is also a member of Dogs NSW, and has acted as a steward at events at KCC Park at Dogs Victoria’s head office.
This means while taking donations under false pretences, running two breeding businesses, and despite a lack of accreditation a dog training business, Dines was happy to allegedly take payment from Dogs Victoria for stewarding work. Not bad for someone who was also allegedly claiming Centrelink benefits.
It also didn’t escape my attention that shortly after my last article on Simone and the Blind Bight Dogs was published Dogs Victoria amended their stewards list and Simone’s name had disappeared from it. Apparently someone thought her name should not be associated with the organisation.
On her Little Rascals K9 Training page Dines states “Canine Behavioural Problems a specialty” which is rather alarming when you consider how she has treated the dogs of Blind Bight. Along with her contact details on the page, she also offers references. The Blind Bight dogs are the only references I need.
To give an idea of the kind of credibility her persona lends to Dogs Victoria, below is a link to an exchange on Facebook where she makes derogatory remarks regarding rescue dogs mixed with other colourful language that flies in the face of Dogs Victoria’s social media policy quoted below with prominent parts highlighted in red.
As for Dogs Victoria and their membership status of being not “Active”, I believe Simone will be seeking to be active in the next couple of weeks as she has had two dogs recently have litters. According to her social media posts she will be seeking to register 17 pups as purebreds significantly increasing their value to as much as $3,000 each.
Wixxyleaks has started a petition demanding Dogs Victoria and the Australian Kennel Club cancel her membership, ban her for life and refuse to register any animals connected with any business she is associated with. The petition can be found via this link.
I guess we will see if the registration and membership funds from Dines is more important to Dogs Vic and the Australian Kennel Club than their own reputation and that of their members. A reputation that is coming under question in recent times due to some to their acceptance of puppy factories as members.
Who knows, perhaps the increased sale price from Dogs Vic pedigree papers may be planned to help in the legal costs for Simone’s silent partner Troy to fight those pesky charges for leaving dogs on short chains for months. I wonder if Dogs Victoria have inadvertently funded the defence of any other animal abusers? I guess having a government exemption from codes of practice and being able to self-regulate has its perks?
One thing is for sure, there is much yet to come on this saga.
Rest assured, I’ll keep you posted.
I have written a short piece regarding some of the myths being perpetuated by a few on this subject via social media, this can be read via this linkFollow @madwixxy