Dog fighting ring accused before Toowoomba court
A MAN accused of being involved in an organised dog fighting ring in the Toowoomba area has denied the charges in the city's Magistrates Court.
Glenn John Wilson has been charged with one count of supplying animals for a prohibited event, namely dog fighting, and seven counts of breaching a duty of care for dogs on his property.
The charges arise from a raid by RSPCA inspectors on the 48-year-old's property on Kingsthorpe-Haden Rd at Yalangur between Kingsthorpe and Goombungee on August 3, last year.
Prosecutor Kate Gover, for the RSPCA, told the court in the lead-up to the raid the defendant had been monitored by RSPCA officers via his social media accounts including Facebook.
Copies of text messages between Wilson and others that the RSPCA claimed were evidence of dog fighting arrangements would be tended to the court, she said.
Ms Gover said five dogs had been seized from Wilson's property, all pitbull terriers named Beatall, Chiko, Jesus, Pretty Girl and Naughty.
The dogs were taken to the RSPCA compound at Wacol and it was the prosecution case that some of the dogs had injuries and scars consistent with dog fighting, she said.
The dog fighting charge relates to one particular dog of the five seized, the court heard.
The trial would hear from a range of witnesses including RSPCA inspectors and veterinarians including two expert witnesses from the United States, Ms Gover said.
RSPCA inspector Melissa Barraud told the court she was part of a task force which investigated dog fighting and cock fighting and the like.
She had attended the raid at Yalangur in which officers had found dogs chained up with no water, food or bedding, she said.
The trial before Magistrate Graham Lee continues.