The video recording was posted to the NSW GHHRA offices in the form of a DVD and reputedly showed the husband and wife team of Peter and Lorraine Perrin introducing a live rabbit to a litter of young greyhound pups. The recording was claimed to have been taken in early 2001.
As a result of that DVD, GHRRA Stewards and an RSPCA officer attended the Perrin’s Bargo property in Februarty 2009 and found a cage on the propery that contained eight European rabbits.
The DVD which was received at the GHRRA offices on the 17th February 2009 showed Mr. Peter Perrin giving a live rabbit to a litter of pups. The pups reportedly in the DVD were whelped on 28th October 2000 by Birchgrove Tiger ~Full Intent and the DVD was alleged to have been taked in early 2001.
The DVD reportedly also showed Mrs. Lorraine Perrin removing the live rabbit from the cage before handing to Mr Perrin to give to the pups.
GHRRA Stewards immediately ovolved the RSPCA and together with an RSPCA officer they conducted a kennel inspection of the Perrin’s Bargo property on the same day. That inspection reveled eight European rabbits in a cage on the property.
GHHRA Stewards convened an inquiry in to the Perrin’s and at that inquiry heard evidence from registered persons Mr. Peter Perrin and Mrs. Lorraine Perrin, GHRRA Steward Mr. Clint Bentley and Mr. Maurice Killey SA Owner. Written evdience was also tendered by RSPCA Chief Inspector Mr David O’Shanessay and GHRRA Steward Mr. Dean Degan.
The evidence at the Inquiry revealed that Peter and Lorraine Perrin gave a live rabbit to a litter of pups in early 2001 as documented in a DVD recently provided to the GHRRA. Mr. Perrin also had eight(8) European rabbits in a cage on the property which were located during a joint RSPCA and GHRRA Steward inspection on the 17th February 2009.
After consideration of the evidence Mr. and Mrs. Perrin were each charged with an improper act under Rule 109(15) of the Rules in force at the time of the offence in 2001.
Mr. Perrin was further charged with a breach of Rule 86(af) of the current Rules.
Mr. and Mrs. Perrin pleaded not guilty to all charges but after consideration they were found guilty as charged.
After considering submissions on penalty, Mr. Peter Perrin and Mrs. Lorraine Perrin were disqualified for a period of seven(7) years from 28th May 2009 for their breach of Rule 109(15) and Mr. Peter Perrin was further fined six penalty units equivalent to $660.00 for his breach of Rule 86(af).