13 October 2023

A 76-year-old man has been charged with breaching a lifetime animal ownership ban.

The accused, who lives in the Shire of Mundaring, was convicted on several charges of animal cruelty in 2012 in relation to around 70 starving and neglected sheep and cattle at properties he owned.

He was prohibited from being in charge of any animal, with the exception of two cats and two dogs, as long as they were sterilised.

RSPCA WA will allege that in September 2021, the accused was found to be in charge of cattle and pigs at a property in Mokine, 95kms east of Perth.

In addition, when an RSPCA WA inspector attended the accused’s home in Beechina, she saw a female black kelpie which the accused allegedly claimed was 14, unsterilised and had had litters of puppies in the past.

The accused has been charged under section 55(4) of the Animal Welfare Act 2002. RSPCA WA will allege he did not comply with a prohibition order made against him.

The maximum penalty is a $20,000 fine and one year in prison.

The accused has pleaded not guilty. A trial date for the matter to be heard in Northam Magistrates Court will be set in December.