A COUNCIL has charged the owners of a Copeton puppy farm with more than 300 offences.
Lisa Flanagan and Michael Flanagan did not appear in Inverell Local Court yesterday morning where the cases were listed for the first time.
Gwydir Shire Council has charged Ms Flanagan with 74 offences of non-compliance under the NSW Companion Animals Act including companion animal not registered and not identify a companion as prescribed while Mr Flanagan is facing 235 similar offences.
The police prosecutor, who was representing the Gwydir council, said a joint adjournment was needed and Magistrate Michael O'Brien granted a one month adjournment so the parties could liaise with one another.
Gwydir Shire general manager Max Eastcott confirmed to The Inverell Times the council was seeking about $90,000 in fines against the two owners.
He said the animals that were the subject of the charges were inspected at the time of council's inspection of a Copeton puppy farm last year.
"Every dog that should have been registered that wasn't registered, we've issued a fine in relation to each of the dogs," Mr Eastcott said. "And it's finally worked its way through the system and we're in court.
"We believe these are fines that we legitimately levied, in accordance with the law, and they've come back and said it's manifestly unreasonable."
Mr Flanagan was the subject of the January 2015 RSPCA raid at the Copeton puppy farm.
Mr Eastcott said the current charges are unrelated to the ongoing investigation.
The NSW Companion Animals Act of 1998 requires all dogs be micro-chipped by 12 weeks of age or from the time of sale or change of ownership (whichever comes first), and registered with local council by six months of age.