Just two days after RSPCA’s successful Pop Up Adoption event in 2017 where 485 pets found loving new homes, RSPCA Inspectors were in the process of rescuing 91 animals from an alleged puppy farm property at Glenarbon.
On January 16, 2017, RSPCA Qld Inspectors investigated a property at Glenarbon. It was clear from 7:30am when they arrived on site that this investigation would last hours and all involved would endure unpleasant conditions; not just from the sweltering heat, but also the grim discoveries that lay ahead.
Chief Inspector Daniel Young said, “The conditions the dogs and cats were being kept in were very disturbing. There was inadequate shelter and water and a number of the dogs were carrying injuries that needed urgent veterinary treatment. There was one dog that was sharing a small space with a dog that was deceased and there were the remains of a number of corpses lying near dogs that were tethered.”
It wasn’t until 4:30am the following day that the 91 animals seized from the property, safely arrived at the Brisbane RSPCA - finally able to receive the care and treatment they desperately needed.
Costs to care for these animals reached well over $100,000 and the community rallied together to help cover some of these expenses to rehabilitate and treat the dogs and cats seized.
The owner of the property, Haris Ljuhar, was charged with a record 215 animal welfare related offences, but the charges were discontinued in 2018 due to his death from illness.
This investigation was the catalyst for ongoing investigations into alleged dog fighting rings. Following information that arose during investigations for this particular case, we have seen a further five people charged in relation to dog fighting offences.
Almost all of the dogs and cats seized back in January 2017, have since gone on to find loving homes. Here are just a handful of happy tails from the adopters of the Glenarbon dogs.
You can read more happy stories just like these in our latest issue of The Biscuit Magazine.