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Katherine Lisa King, 43 South Doodlakine. WA- GUILTY of animal cruelty.
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2014, 06:34:24 PM »
Puppy farm kept dogs in filthy, unventilated underground bunker in WA 

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    Puppy farm closed height=227 Photo: A dog is lifted out of an underground bunker at a puppy farm in the Wheatbelt. (Supplied: RSPCA)   

 A puppy farm which kept dogs in an underground bunker in sordid conditions has been shut down and the owner ordered to pay more than $30,000.

The farm was operating just outside the Wheatbelt town of Kellerberrin, in South Doodlakine.

Katherine Lisa King, 43, was today found guilty of three counts of animal cruelty.

RSPCA inspectors, police and rangers searched King's property in 2012.

They found 50 dogs, 12 of which were being kept in a dank hole underground, which could only be accessed through a small hole covered by a metal lid.

The dogs were living in their own faeces and urine, in total darkness and with little or no ventilation, according to the RSPCA.

The breeds included German shepherds, West Highland terriers, King Charles cavalier spaniels, labradors and Tibetan terriers.

Many of the dogs were found to be suffering from ear mite and secondary infections.

King also had a miniature pony stallion and six or more chickens on the property.

The court prohibited Ms King from being in charge of or being within 10 metres of any animal.

Ms King was also found to be in breach of an earlier order which prohibited her from being in charge of, or having contact with any animal for a period of 10 years from August 2004 onwards.

The RSPCA urged buyers to find out where their new pet has come from.

The association referred buyers to their Smart Puppy and Dog Buyer’s Guide on how to best go about finding a new pet.
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