A MAN charged with more than 200 animal cruelty offences following the discovery of a ‘puppy farm’ in southern Queensland has died, prompting the RSPCA to drop all charges.
Haris Ljuhar, 41, was charged with a record 215 offences after RSPCA Inspectors and Queensland Police raided his Glenarbon property in January last year.
Officers seized 81 dogs, mainly American Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Australian and American Bulldogs and French Bulldogs, and 10 cats from the property, which was littered with animal corpses.
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Many of the animals had no access to shelter or water and needed urgent veterinary treatment.
In a statement today, the RSPCA confirmed it has been forced to discontinue the charges against Mr Ljuhar because “concrete evidence has emerged that Mr Ljuhar is now deceased”.
The case attracted widespread national and international media attention.
At the time, RSPCA Queensland chief executive officer Mark Townend said the animals were living in “horrific conditions”.
“You can see the emaciated condition of some of them – their ribs are still showing, they haven’t been fed properly, they haven’t been watered properly, and some very bad living conditions,” Mr Townend said.
After months of intensive care, almost all of the animals have been rehomed.