A former dog breeder from Sydney has been convicted after dead dogs were found in his freezer at his home. Five dogs were found in a freezer while some of them were compelled to live in “grotesque conditions.”
Forty-one-year-old Todd Baker faces 15 counts of animal cruelty. The arrest of the man comes after the RSPCA and NSW police discovered the partially burnt remains of a dog in a fire pit at the convict’s vineyard kennel on March 1, 2016. The officers also noticed pools of blood and body fluids in a kennel where they believed an animal was decomposed.
Baker faced Penrith Local Court last week and the details of his animal cruelty were revealed. It was discovered during the proceeding that there were several diseased dogs that kept starving without water. The court also heard that there were 18 dogs of different breeds that suffered from life-threatening conditions. Some of them suffered from ulcerated testicles and paws while few had ear infections.
The RSPCA released a statement on Wednesday in which they stated that the dogs were kept in unhygienic living conditions, including their cages being covered with feces and urine. The court also sentenced the Sydney man to a three-year good behavior bond, which restricted him from owning animals for a minimum period of 10 years. The court also ordered the former dog breeder to pay over $80,000 in costs.
Inspector James Arentz said that it was difficult to figure out the state of the animals on Baker’s property. “Every single dog had serious health problems – some of them truly grotesque and heartbreaking,” 9News quoted him as saying. “The mind boggles how someone that has a history of breeding for profit could let so many dogs get in such horrendous conditions.”
RSPCA Describes Sydney Man Treatment of Animals
The RSPCA said that the officials found one of four rottweilers being chained up without any access to food, water or shelter. It described Baker as an aggressive and hostile man who used to verbally abuse inspectors during the investigation of the animal cruelty matter. The former dog breeder claimed that the animals died because of their old age or due to dog attacks.
Baker said that he used to take help from a company to cremate them. However, he admitted that he burnt them in his fire pit “once room in the freezers was exhausted.”