Trainer accused of using kittens for live-baiting

A GREYHOUND trainer has faced court for allegedly using kittens as live bait for racing dogs.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court, Steven James Boody was recently charged with two counts of serious animal cruelty.

The 62-year-old is accused of strapping kittens to lures to 'blood' greyhounds between August 15, last year and May 12 this year at a property in Churchable.

Boody's case was adjourned to July 15 for a committal callover.

Fellow trainer Mark Blackwood also appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court last week for one count of serious animal cruelty and one count of assault or obstruct police.

It was alleged Blackwood used a piglet as live bait during greyhound training in Churchable on October 8, last year.

The 40-year-old had his matter also adjourned and is due to reappear in court on July 13.

At least 10 other trainers have now appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court for serious animal cruelty charges in relation to the live-baiting scandal which has rocked the Greyhound Racing industry.