A dog breeder charged with more than 20 animal cruelty offences has vowed to fight the allegations and says her dogs are healthy and happy.
Dora Ryan appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court on Friday after failing in a Supreme Court bid last month to have her dogs returned.
The matter will be subject to legal argument and will return to court in August.
But Ryan told reporters outside that she intended to contest the charges and believed it was unreasonable for her dogs to have been seized.
“The dogs are healthy, happy, cheery, very beautiful. They were taken from me unreasonably,” she said.
“It was very, very emotional. This was totally unexpected, unprovoked, uncalled for.”
Ryan’s property near Port Pirie, north of Adelaide, was raided by RSPCA inspectors in May last year with 23 Pomeranians and four geriatric German shepherds seized.
One German shepherd was euthanised on the property and the other three put down after being removed.
Court documents revealed that while the Pomeranians were considered by a vet to be “adequately healthy” they suffered from a range of conditions including flea infestations, dermatitis, matted coats and dental disease.
The dog enclosures were littered with rotting bones and uncollected faeces while food and water bowls were caked in a green slime, the RSPCA said.
Ryan is facing more than 20 counts of ill treating an animal but said she would contest the charges, despite her dogs having recently been returned to her.
“I will fight the allegations to the ends of the earth if needs be,” she said.
It was also revealed on Friday that Ryan has launched her own court action against the RSPCA seeking $300,000 in compensation and $90,000 for loss of income and legal costs.
She plans to prosecute the private criminal case herself.