Unpaid fines dog RSPCA
THE RSPCA says convicted “puppy farmer” Patrick Doran has left them in limbo by refusing to pay fines and compensation to the tune of $8000.
Mr Doran, 66, was convicted in the Maryborough Magistrates Court in June last year for failing to provide appropriate living conditions and veterinary treatment to 67 chihuahuas after officers searched his Glenbar property south of Maryborough in August 2007.
He was banned from owning a dog for three years, fined $4000 and ordered to pay $86, 792 in restitution to the RSPCA.
However, this was overturned after an appeal to the district court on a legal technicality and Mr Doran was fined $500 and ordered to pay $7500 in compensation to the RSPCA.
Despite this drastic drop in compensation, the RSPCA claims Mr Doran has not paid one cent.
“It’s so incredibly frustrating,” RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said.
“This is money that is owed to us and we should be spending it on the 41,000 animals that pass through our nine shelters each year.”
The RSPCA was owed close to $400,000 in unpaid fines, said Mr Beatty.
“We also find it frustrating that he is now free to breed dogs again, despite the fact that he has basically thumbed his nose at the court’s decision by not paying the penalties ordered.”
In March 2005, Mr Doran was found guilty of failing to provide appropriate living conditions and treatment for injury to 13 dogs and one hen.
He was fined $2000 and ordered to pay $3329 to the RSPCA.
Mr Doran was not able to be contacted for comment yesterday.