Bird seller in court for keeping doves in filth
A MAN who kept eight white doves in appalling conditions has been fined and restricted from keeping birds for three years.
Facing Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday Kenneth John Fuller, 71, pleaded guilty to one count of breaching his duty of care to the animals.
When RSPCA inspectors searched Fuller's property at Sharon on May 26 last year they found the birds in filthy living conditions with an accumulation of faeces and food waste.
Fuller kept large numbers of different types of birds and had been selling them for commercial purposes but defence lawyer Matt Messenger said it had not been a lucrative enterprise.
Mr Messenger said his client was a pensioner who had never been before a court before and found the process difficult. He also noted their was no issue with the condition of the birds.
"He (Fuller) accepts the water and shelter wasn't sufficient on that day," he said.
In handing down the sentence Magistrate John Smith said Fuller's care of the birds was not good enough.
"It's clear the conditions the doves were kept in was totally unsatisfactory," he said.
Fuller was fined $300 and prohibited from possessing, purchasing or acquiring any birds for trade or commerce purposes for three years.
Fuller is also not permitted to have more than 20 birds for any other purpose unless approved in writing by the RSPCA.