Court hears 178 cruelty charges

A MELBOURNE man is expected to plead guilty to animal cruelty charges in the Kerang Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Paul Matthew Hamilton, 57, of Ascot Vale, had pleaded not guilty to 178 charges brought by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries of cruelty and aggregated cruelty to animals under his care.

The hearing started on February 10.

Hamilton is expected to plead guilty to consolidated charges under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.

Those charges include aggregated individual charges and five charges involving failure to feed, treat and drive unfit sheep.

He is also charged with breaching banning orders in Victoria and NSW.

A plea hearing will resume at 10am on Wednesday.

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