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 Agent's animal cruelty charge

Erin Pearson   |  August 21st, 2013

A GEELONG Saleyards agent has been charged with animal cruelty offences after allegedly leaving his own young calves to starve.

Geoffrey Cahill, of Werneth, north of Cressy, is accused of failing to provide feed and water to 27 bobby calves at his privately leased property, west of Geelong, between December 2012 and February 2013.

The RSPCA yesterday confirmed the charges.

They said one calf had to be put down, while another was found dead at the scene and two more subsequently died.

Mr Cahill will appear in the Ballarat Magistrates' Court at a later date.

It comes as the City of Greater Geelong and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries continue their investigation into allegations of animal cruelty at the Geelong Saleyards' poultry section.

Poultry sales have been suspended indefinitely while the claims are investigated.

The council's general manager of city services, Gary Van Driel, yesterday said the poultry sales area would remain closed until a framework was agreed upon, with sellers' agents to ensure satisfactory compliance with the relevant legislation.

Mr Van Driel said sales of cattle and sheep at the saleyards were not affected by the current closure of the poultry sales area.