Sydney Greyhound Trainer Jailed

6 month jail sentence for live baiting

Sydney Greyhound Trainer Jailed

PHOTO: Facebook/Chad Achurch

A former greyhound trainer has been sentenced to at least 6 months behind bars for live baiting in Sydney's south west.

27 year old Chad Achurch was sentenced in Liverpool Local Court for offences under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979.

The alleged Rebels bikie gang associate pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty and using an animal as a lure for blooding greyhounds in his Cabramatta backyard.

Officers allege they found images of Achurch using live rabbits while training the dogs last year. The images were allegedly on Achurch's personal mobile phone, and were discovered while police were investigating another unrelated matter.

Achurch was sentenced to 8 months 15 days in prison with a non parole period of 6 months and 11 days. He's also been banned from owning any animal for life.

The RSPCA says it follows a joint investigation with NSW Police and Greyhound Racing NSW. 

"We’ve been working really hard to represent the welfare of Greyhounds – both at decision making tables over the last six months, and on the ground for a very long time.” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman.

“While we’re happy to see Mr Achurch completely removed from the industry, it’s also a timely reminder of the desperate need for this industry to completely reform if anyone is to have confidence in the welfare of Greyhounds.”

PHOTO: Facebook/Chad Achurch