IN THE NEWS: By RSPCA NSW on APR 11, 2017
Chad Achurch, 27, was sentenced in Liverpool Local Court on Monday 10 April 2017 for offences under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 relating to live baiting.
Achurch was charged and pleaded guilty at hearing for aggravated animal cruelty (Section 6(1)), and using an animal as a lure for blooding Greyhounds (Section 21).
The conviction follows a joint investigation between RSPCA NSW, NSW Police and Greyhound Racing NSW. RSPCA NSW provided specialist assistance and support, and NSW Police led the prosecution.
Achurch was sentenced to 8 months 15 days in prison with a non parole period of 6 months and 11 days. A prohibition order under Section 31 was also made, prohibiting Achurch from owning any animal for life.
RSPCA NSW is committed to being a strong voice for the welfare of Greyhounds in NSW and believes there is much work to be done by the industry. “We’ve been working really hard to represent the welfare of Greyhounds – both at decision making tables over the last six months, and on the ground for a very long time.”
“While we’re happy to see Mr Achurch completely removed from the industry, it’s also a timely reminder of the desperate need for this industry to completely reform if anyone is to have confidence in the welfare of Greyhounds,” comments RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman.
RSPCA NSW urges anyone with information about the welfare of Greyhounds to call our confidential emergency hotline 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 358) or the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Hotline on 1800 680 174.
All charges brought under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.