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NEWS DESK Crime spree shuts down college A FRANKSTON man was allegedly involved in a crime spree over five suburbs on Thursday which forced Wantirna College into lock-down. He is among four people charged by Eastern Region Crime Squad detectives following alleged offences at Mitcham, Blackburn, Park Orchards, Officer and Clayton. Operation Cosmas detectives allege three victims were robbed in Arnott St, Clayton, about 12.20am. A Ford sedan was later allegedly stolen from a house in Fairwood Rise, Officer, during an alleged aggravated burglary, 6.30am. Police allege the offenders committed aggravated burglaries at Alva Av, Park Orchards, 7.55am, and Almondsbury Ct, Blackburn, 9.50am. The men are alleged to have committed another burglary at Creek Rd, Mitcham, 9am. Box Hill Embona detectives arrested three 18-year-olds, one from Frankston and the others from Pakenham and Dandenong North, and a Springvale South boy, 16, on Thursday afternoon. Detective Acting Sergeant Warren Atkinson, of Box Hill Embona, said they appeared at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday and were further remanded to appear at a later date, on charges of kidnapping, aggravated burglary, false imprisonment, robbery and other offences. A 16-year-old Springvale South boy has been further remanded to appear at a children’s court at a later date on the same charges. Police say they have escalated their response to aggravated burglaries and carjackings across the state through Operation Cosmas. Since the operation began there have been more than 120 arrests. Stephen Taylor

29 ‘campaign’ dogs seized at last TWENTY nine dogs have been seized from a property owner at Blind Bight for contravening a local law that limits the number of animals allowed to be kept without a permit. Troy Scoble was found guilty at the Dandenong Magistrates Court in late June, of keeping too many animals on his property and failing to meet basic registration requirements. “Council is in regular contact with the owner of the dogs, who are being vet-checked and will be cared for until a decision on their future is made,” Casey mayor Cr Sam Aziz said. “Council acted as swiftly as it could within the bounds of the law and in the best interests of the dogs. Dogs being kept at the property featured as part of the 2 July federal election campaign of Animal Justice Party candidate for Flinders, Ben Wild, who attracted 4.2 per cent of votes. The seat was retained by Liberal Greg Hunt (51.6 per cent of votes). Mr Wild distributed images of dogs chained to kennels to illustrate the need for a federal office of animal welfare. He said the department should stand apart from the agriculture department and be in a position to strengthen the powers of animal welfare organisations, including the RSPCA. ”This case began in February this year when Oscar’s Law broke the news of up to 40 dogs being held on small chains, in muddy bushland out the back of Mr Scoble’s property in Blind Bight,” Mr Wild said last week. “Since this time there have been a number of campaigns to save the dogs,

Unchained: Vets are checking the health of unregistered dogs being kept on a property at Blind Bight after they were seized by Casey Council. Picture: Oscars Law

with police, the RSPCA and the council visiting the property on numerous occasions. “In the end it was a council by-law that eventually got these dogs out of there.” Mr Wild said that the seizure of the dogs was “truly a tremendous outcome … we are only part way there”. During the election campaign Mr Wild had nearly 16,000 signatures on a petition asking for any level of govern-

ment to come to the aid of the dogs. “After all the community outrage and concern, it was a simple council by-law regarding registration that saved these dogs. Once again this highlights the absolute gulf developing between community expectations regarding animal welfare and the actual laws that govern them,” he said. “But it’s not over yet for these poor animals – with months of rehabilitation expected ahead.

“These dogs have endured both physical and psychological trauma over this last year and will take some serious rehabilitation before they can be re-homed. “But in the end this is exactly what we have hooped for since the plight was brought to our attention.” Mr Wild said he was grateful that the City of Casey had had “the foresight to develop stronger by-laws on animal”. Keith Platt

Birds of a feather A MAGPIE goose, above, teal duckling, right, and white-plumed honeyeater, far right, are just some of the many avian sights on show at the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands. A refurbished bird hide at Edithvale Rd has been reopened on weekends for keen and first time bird watchers to have a look at the wetlands wildlife (see Page 1). Pictures: Gary Sissons

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