Controversial Melbourne eastern suburbs councillor, Greens party member and dog kennel owner David Ellis has been punished after pleading guilty to gravely serious animal cruelty crimes.
David Ellis, who has previously run a vicious campaign of vilification against a Chinese community-owned nursing home that cares for seniors, owns the Lyndon Boarding Kennels, Lyndon Park and Lyndon Grange.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals brought charges against him after it discovered he had repeatedly put electric-shock collars on dogs at the kennel despite being told before that they were being unlawfully used.
Electric-shock collars are thought to potentially physically injure and mentally damage animals who are forced to wear them. Humans whoâ€™ve tested these despicable collars say even their mildest settings cause considerable pain, with the highest setting the equivalent of a taser.
Dog owners were not told by Ellis or his kennel staff that they would be using electric-shock collars on their loved pets. Itâ€™s horrifying to think what other acts of cruel barbarity are unleashed on animals staying at Lyndon Park and Lyndon Grange kennels.
The Herald Sun has reported that the Ringwood Magistrates Court heard that, scandalously, the councillor:
â– Used the cruel electric-shock collars without the dog ownersâ€™ permission
â– Had been repeatedly warned by the RSPCA not to use the collars
â– Had not required the legally mandated permission of a veterinarian and used the cruel shock collars for more than 12 hours.
Ellis is a close political associate of Manningham local politician and mayoral aspirant Stephen Mayne, who is believed not to have been aware of Ellisâ€™s criminal offences prior to them coming to public attention in court. Ellis had hoped his guilty plea would minimise publicity.
With municipal elections next year in Victoria, it is now thought likely that the Greens party hierarchy will pressure Ellis not to re-contest the election after this scandal although he is yet to confirm his plans after his criminal conviction. Ellis has previously represented the Greens party in the Victorian state election in 2006 as their candidate in Warrandyte.
Ellis has previously faced criminal investigation for alleged physical attacks and threats on council rivals and is currently a defendant in a messy defamation case after he made a series of inflammatory attacks on the Chinese community. Council insurers are believed to be considering withdrawing cover because of Ellisâ€™s random misconduct and perceived erratic behaviour.
Greens party sources declined to comment on the animal cruelty scandal this morning but thought it “unlikely” Ellis would face party disciplinary proceedings over his crimes.