The RSPCA Victoria yesterday raided two properties and seized approximately 120 dogs in shocking physical and emotional states.
The investigation and raid were carried out by the RSPCA’s new Special Investigations Unit, and is certainly a sign that the formation of this unit was a necessity.
The Special Investigations Unit of the RSPCA was set up after the Daniel Andrews Labor government provided the funding to set the unit up and keep it funded for four years, and some congratulations must be extended to Premier Daniel Andrews and Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford for their foresight and determination. Both Jaala Pulford and Daniel Andrews have made a commitment to shut down puppy factories in Victoria and these raids and seizures are a sign that the Labor government is more than just hot air and empty promises and slogans.
While many have been shocked and appalled at the target of these raids, regular readers here will not be surprised to hear that at least one of the properties raided was a breeder registered with Dogs Victoria.
Dogs Victoria used to be the organisation associated with reputable and humane breeders, however that is a reputation that has been tarnished beyond recognition.
Dogs Victoria have allowed their government granted ability to self-regulate to become their means to self-destruct.
Recently we have seen Dogs Victoria refuse to take any disciplinary action on Simone Dines and SIMMICOR KENNEL for her part in leaving dogs chained up in bushland for months with putrid water, and no human interaction even when food was dumped in their bowls. Dogs Victoria seemingly putting membership fees and upcoming registration fees ahead of any animal welfare concerns.
This of course is not the first time Dogs Victoria have backed the abuser over the abused. As I have exposed previously Dogs Victoria have made a lot of money off the back of the puppy factories cruel practices.
So how much money are we talking about?
In Dogs Victoria’s recently released annual report they raked in $883,184 from memberships and breeders prefixes, and another $580,540 from puppy registrations.
Where some hear the cries of suffering dogs in puppy factories, the executives at Dogs Victoria seemingly just hear Ker-Ching, Ker-Ching.
One of the properties raided was the property of proud Dogs Victoria member Heather Healey. However Heather Healey was no ordinary member.
It has been alleged that Healey was suspended in 2010 for breach of regulations however it was overturned on appeal. You would think that would mean she would be kept an eye on by a competent self-regulating industry body, however as yesterday’s raid proves the word competent has no relevance when talking about Dogs Victoria’s ability to self-regulate.
Some would query that perhaps Healey was turned a blind eye to because of the rivers of cash she brings into Dog’s Victoria
Heather Healey runs shows and other events for Dogs Victoria. Healey is the Secretary for the following Societies and Clubs running events for Dogs Victoria
- Cobram Agricultural Society
- Euroa Agricultural and Pastoral Society
- Euroa Kennel Club
Dogs Victoria last year raked in $218,489 from its shows and events.
Heather Healey is also President of the Chihuahua Club of Victoria. The Chihuahua Club is of course made up of Chihuahua breeders most of whom would be Dogs Victoria members. One such breeder is Tonichi who were reported to Dogs Victoria over 12 months ago with no action taken whatsoever as yet. Oscars Law have been told that the matter is “under investigation”. Clearly self-regulation is a slow-moving beast.
We will wait to see what Dogs Victoria deem is appropriate disciplinary action for Healey although based on recent events we are only setting ourselves up for disappointment.
Dogs Victoria member and puppy factory operator Kerrie Fitzpatrick was last year disciplined by Dogs Victoria. She was
“suspended until complies with management committee request”
The rule she was temporarily suspended under relates to her failing to respond in writing to a request within 14 days. Wixxyleaks is unaware what the nature of that request was, however it came at the same time Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty to 68 charges relating to animal cruelty and the running of an illegal puppy factory, something for which she was fined $40K.
68 charges related to animal cruelty rates a temporary suspension from Dogs Victoria? You wonder what one has to do to be deregistered.
In the meantime, with so many dogs seized from Heather Healey that need veterinary treatment there is going to be a huge cost involved. One would hope that given Dogs Victoria made so much money off these pooches and their abuse that they might dip into their coffers and cough up for the vet bills.
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