THE man accused of mistreating more than 60 dogs denies any wrongdoing during the protest at his property.
Police were called to the demonstration after the man’s mother allegedly threatened protesters.
When questioned by Euro Weekly News reader Kerry Matthews, the owner claimed he cleaned the room where they were kept in once a week, and that the dogs were used for hunting between October and February which is when they are allowed out.
CONCRETE BOX: The building the dogs are kept in
He also explained that it was ‘impossible’ to keep dogs tick-free in the rural area, but Matthews pointed out that her own 25 dogs are fit, healthy and parasite-free despite living close by.
The man also declined to comment on the uncontrolled breeding occurring in what is essentially a concrete box.
He assured the protesters he would endeavour to let the animals out more but neighbours claim he continues to bring live pigs to be torn to pieces, and that the situation has made it impossible to sell properties in the area due to the noise and smell.
Matthews told EWN that she will continue to monitor the dogs, as she wants to ensure some changes occur.
Authorities have not yet intervened in the situation, but local police attended the protest to keep the peace.