Greyhound trainer hit with $5,000 fine for live baiting
A THAGOONA greyhound owner and breeder has narrowly escaped jail after being charged with a host of offences stemming from the live baiting scandal which rocked the industry.
Julie Elizabeth Edmondson, 65, pleaded guilty in Ipswich District Court to three counts of animal cruelty and one count of serious animal cruelty.
She also pleaded guilty to making a false declaration after she provided signed documents asserting she had not participated in live baiting activities.
The offences took place between August, 2014 and February, 2015.
The court heard Edmondson used pigs, rabbits and chickens to trial run greyhounds at her Marburg training facility to see how fast they would go.
She also went to the property of disgraced greyhound trainer Tom Noble where another animal was used to bait her dogs during a trial run.
On one occasion the live baiting with a pig continued until it broke the arm of the lure at the training facility.
Judge Sarah Bradley fined Edmondson $5000 and recorded a conviction.
The live baiting scandal was brought to light after shocking footage of the practice was aired on the ABC last year.
A joint QPS/ RSPCA Task Force was subsequently established to investigate the footage and led to more than 20 industry identities being charged with a range of serious animal cruelty offences.
The Queensland Racing Disciplinary Board subsequently warned Edmondson off greyhound tracks for life but that was reduced to five years following an appeal.
The Queensland Government in March, 2015 established a wide-ranging review headed by Alan MacSporran into the industry.
The government later upgraded the review into a commission of inquiry.
The final report was handed down on June 1, 2015 and it outlined 15 recommendations to clean up the industry.
The report found those engaging in live baiting practices did so with impunity and others simply turned a blind eye.