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Animal Cruelty Offender Banned From Owning Pets For Life After Breach

One of the surviving Maremma puppies.  Image Credit: RSPCA 

The RSPCA has revealed that a man who was banned from owning a pet for five years after putting the body of a puppy into a plastic shopping bag and dumping it off a bridge into water near Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, has allegedly bought a dog from a refuge before later going online to buy another two dogs.  

On 20 September 2018, Craig Whitney pleaded guilty to one charge of animal cruelty and two charges of breach duty of care to an animal.⁠

The offences involved the defendant beating one Maremma puppy to death while the puppy was in the passenger seat of his courier business work vehicle, and then dumping that puppy’s body in a plastic shopping bag, off a bridge into water near Redcliffe.

 
 
 
 
 
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🚨 Man breaches court ordered prohibition of animals and obtains two dogs from people looking to rehome their pets online.⁠ ⁠ On 20 September 2018, Craig Whitney pleaded guilty to one charge of animal cruelty and two charges of breach duty of care to an animal.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ The offences involved the defendant beating one Maremma puppy to death while the puppy was in the passenger seat of his courier business work vehicle, and then dumping that puppy’s body in a plastic shopping bag, off a bridge into water near Redcliffe. He was also convicted of failing to provide treatment for another two Maremma puppies, one that had a broken leg, and the other with vomiting and diarrhoea.⁠ ⁠ Whitney was prohibited from possessing, purchasing or otherwise acquiring any animal for a period of 5 years.⁠ ⁠ October 2018, an RSPCA Inspector attended Whitney’s address after receiving information that he had adopted dogs from a local rescue. After initially denying the claims, Whitney eventually admitted possessing a Ridgeback (Flame). The dog was seized by the Inspector.⁠ ⁠ January of 2019, Whitney answered 2 online ads. One for a Bull Arab mix (Tilly) and one for an American Staffy (Titan). Whitney’s Facebook page where he advocated for animal welfare and veganism was a swaying point in one instance.⁠ ⁠ February 2019, an RSPCA Inspector executed a warrant at Whitney’s property and seized both dogs.⁠ ⁠ Magistrate Mark Bucknall said Whitney was a man who should not be allowed near any dog. Referring to the original offending, his Honour said, “…you were dealt with somewhat leniently on that occasion.”⁠ ⁠ In relation to the first charge involving Flame, Whitney was fined $2,000 (with half ordered to be paid to RSPCA), and in relation to the second charge involving Titan and Tilly, WHITNEY was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment suspended for 3 years. His conviction was recorded. He was ordered to also pay $441.38 in vet and boarding costs, $500 legal professional costs, and $99.55 costs of summons.⁠ ⁠ The Prosecutor sought a lifetime prohibition order against Whitney in relation to all animals, and the Magistrate made this order. ⁠ ⁠ Read the full story [ link in bio ]⁠ ⁠ #rspcaqld #rspca

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He was also convicted of failing to provide treatment for another two Maremma puppies, one that had a broken leg, and the other with vomiting and diarrhoea.⁠

Whitney was prohibited from possessing, purchasing or otherwise acquiring any animal for a period of five years.⁠

In October 2018, an RSPCA Inspector went to Whitney’s home after hearing that he had adopted dogs from a local rescue. After initially denying the claims, Whitney eventually admitted possessing a Ridgeback (Flame). The dog was seized by the Inspector.⁠

In January 2019, Whitney answered two online ads. One for a Bull Arab mix (Tilly) and one for an American Staffy (Titan). Whitney’s Facebook page, where he advocated for animal welfare and veganism, was a swaying point in one instance according to the RSPCA.  

The following month, an RSPCA Inspector executed a warrant at Whitney’s property and seized both dogs.⁠

Magistrate Mark Bucknall said Whitney was a man who should not be allowed near any dog. Referring to the original offending, his Honour said, “…you were dealt with somewhat leniently on that occasion.”⁠

In relation to the first charge involving Flame, Whitney was fined $2,000 (with half ordered to be paid to RSPCA).

In relation to the second charge involving Titan and Tilly, Whitney was sentenced to three months imprisonment suspended for three years. A conviction was recorded.

He was also ordered to pay $441.38 in vet and boarding costs, $500 legal professional costs, and $99.55 costs of summons.⁠

The Prosecutor sought a lifetime prohibition order against Whitney in relation to all animals, and the Magistrate made this order. ⁠

By Michelle Price