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Hefty fine handed out to repeat Ballarat animal cruelty offenders


Repeat animal cruelty offenders from Ballarat have been found guilty of all 48 charges.

The Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday fining Kon and Liudmila Petropoulos $122,000 for running an illegal business and animal cruelty offences.
They've previously been prosecuted for selling kittens illegally.
At the contested hearing finalised in court yesterday, Magistrate Rodney Crisp found the couple guilty on all charges, fined them a cumulative total of $22,000 and ordered the payment of $100,914 in costs to the RSPCA.
“This case demonstrates we will not be deterred from pursuing animal cruelty offenders, no matter the complexity of the investigation required or the resources we need to dedicate,” RSPCA Victoria’s Major Investigations Team Leader Lisa Calleja said.
“The strong result from the court today goes to show that if people choose to illegally sell animals, or engage in animal cruelty, RSPCA will continue to pursue those offenders and ensure that they are held to account," Ms Calleja said.
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