The conduct of a man who starved a three-year-old dog to death in Dubbo and severely neglected several others has been slammed by the NSW greyhound racing industry regulator.
On Tuesday a magistrate convicted Shane Polson, 44, of aggravated animal cruelty and the intimidation of a man who investigated the conduct.
He was also found to have failed to provide veterinary treatment to three gravely ill former race dogs he obtained for free from a woman in Singleton who no longer wanted the animals.
"Mr Polson's conduct is abhorrent and unacceptable by participants in the industry and the general community," the Greyhound Welfare Integrity Commission's (GWIC) chief executive officer Judy Lind said.
Before Polson committed the cruelty crimes in Dubbo in mid-2018, he was charged with animal welfare offences in Victoria and slapped with an interim suspension from the NSW industry by the former governing body Greyhound Racing NSW.
"The GWIC was satisfied that the order by the Victorian Magistrate's Court coupled with the interim suspension ensured that appropriate restrictions were in place to prohibit his involvement with greyhounds while the NSW matter was finalised," a GWIC spokeswoman said.
"Once Mr Polson's penalty is handed down by the Dubbo Local Court, the Commission will determine final regulatory action, taking into account both the Victorian and NSW outcomes," the spokeswoman said.
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Polson is due to be sentenced on January 14.