67 seized dogs in limbo as cruelty charges continue in court

A file image of Fiona McCoy and Dan Murphy
A file image of Fiona McCoy and Dan Murphy

The RSPCA will continue to apply to forfeit 67 dogs that were seized from their Wendouree owners following animal cruelty charges.

Fiona McCoy and Daniel Murphy were charged by RSPCA Victoria in early 2017 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 with more than 30 animal cruelty offences.

At a court hearing in May, the RSPCA put forward an application to have the seized animals, which are in RSPCA's care, to be forfeited to them for rehoming, or for an order requiring the accused to pay costs for the animals' care and maintenance while the matter continues before the courts.

The application was adjourned at Ballarat Magistrates Court on Thursday.

McCoy and Murphy were at court for the brief hearing.

The application will return to court on July 14 for a two-hour hearing.