Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Dog Breeder Didn't Dock Tail; but Courts Finds RSPCA Investigation Was in Good Faith

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Dog Breeder Didn't Dock Tail; but Courts Finds RSPCA Investigation Was in Good Faith

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Byline: Melinda Siegmeier melinda.siegmeier@capnews.com.au

A ROCKHAMPTON rare dog breeder accused of docking her dog's tail this week tried to make the RSPCA pay for their misleading claims.

In January the RSPCA charged Raewyn Agnew with docking her seven-month-old male boxer's tail.

As part of the investigation the RSPCA sought the advice of thee local veterinarians, who all said that extensive scaring around the tail area could be consistent with tail-docking.

But Ms Agnew fought the allegations.

She went to extensive lengths to prove her animals were a special breed known as bobtails, costing her almost $4000.

When a Brisbane veterinary specialist backed up her claims, the RSPCA conceded.

On Wednesday in Rockhampton Magistrates Court it withdrew the charge against Ms Agnew, but she applied to the court for compensation to cover legal, transport and specialist costs.

Solicitor Doug Winning, who appeared for the RSPCA pro bono, insisted the investigation was brought on in good faith. …

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