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Live baiting claims rock city greyhound trainer

A 40-YEAR greyhound training career did not prepare Toowoomba man Col Byers for secret footage of animal atrocities.

Mr Byers, who trains racing dogs at his Drayton property as well as a Postmans Ridge facility, yesterday described the actions of trainers covertly filmed using live animals for bait as disgraceful.

Greyhound racing stalwart Col Byers, with his dog Coin of Phrase, was shocked by images of live baiting broadcast by ABC TV's Four Corners.
Greyhound racing stalwart Col Byers, with his dog Coin of Phrase, was shocked by images of live baiting broadcast by ABC TV's Four Corners. Kevin Farmer

It included footage of animals being mauled as they were flung around Ipswich trainer Tom Noble's track at Churchable, north of Laidley.

A raid by RSPCA officers and specialist Brisbane police on Wednesday last week came as a result of the footage being passed on to authorities.

They saved two injured piglets which were alleged to have been kept in bags.

>> Trainers shocked at live-baiting revelations

RSPCA officers raid greyhound trainer Tom Noble's property in Churchable.
RSPCA officers raid greyhound trainer Tom Noble's property in Churchable.

Police also charged a 28-year-old woman with producing and possessing dangerous drugs after 12 marijuana seedlings were allegedly found growing at the Wotan Rd facility.

"I couldn't believe what I saw on TV last night," Mr Byers said.

The extent of the cruelty and the number of people involved shocked him.

"I shudder to think what is going to happen to the people who run those tracks. I think they are in a lot of trouble."

Mr Byers said the brutality was not good for the greyhound racing industry.

"It's a bloody disaster.

"What they (trainers) have done has just made it bad for people who don't do that."

He said live bait training was not done in the Toowoomba area.

"I have two squeakers here that I use."

His squeakers were like squeaky toys wrapped in sheep skin.

Mr Byers said he was next due at the Ipswich greyhound track for a trial tomorrow morning and then again on Friday afternoon for a race.

"It will be very sombre."

He said he had heard about last Wednesday's raid when he was at Albion Park on Thursday last week.

"I just hope it's the end of it now and we can all go about our business and get on with it."

Mr Noble was one of seven trainers stood down by Racing Queensland in the wake of the footage.

An RSPCA spokesman said the investigation was ongoing and it was likely charges would be laid under the Animal Care and Protection Act.

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