RSPCA NSW visited a Gunnedah property for a second time on Monday, seizing an additional 19 Koolie dogs.
The first visit to the property occurred on March 27, following reports from NSW Police about animal welfare concerns of dogs at that location.
Thirty-two dogs were seized in the first visit, including 29 adult Koolies and two juveniles, and have been receiving veterinary care.
An RSPCA spokesperson confirmed that inspectors and a veterinarian attended the property again on Monday as part of a follow-up inspection to ensure the owner had sought veterinary care for the remaining animals and improved living conditions.
“A follow-up inspection to ensure compliance was conducted on Monday, April 3, the nominated one-week-after notices were delivered, and a further 19 Koolie dogs were seized due to failure to comply,” an RSPCA spokesperson said.
“These dogs have since also been transported to an RSPCA NSW facility to receive veterinary care.”
RSPCA NSW said the 31 dogs were seized during the first visit “because of immediate and serious concerns for the animals’ welfare”.
“At the time, the most serious cases and any dogs requiring immediate veterinary care were seized, and notices to comply were issued for the animals remaining on the property, requiring the person in charge to seek veterinary care and improve conditions,” an RSPCA spokesperson said.
From the dates of seizure, RSPCA NSW has 60 days to determine whether it will lay charges against the owner of the 50 dogs seized.
Last week, an RSPCA spokesperson said an investigation was underway which included videos, photos and veterinary evidence.
The spokesperson said the condition of the dogs that were seized during the first visit varied but said some were “very serious”.
“RSPCA NSW is unable to release further details at this stage so as to not compromise the ongoing investigation,” an RSPCA spokesperson said.