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Govt chasing ex-dog trainer's property

AAP logoAAP 20/09/2016 Alexandra Patrikios

Queensland's Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has launched a legal bid targeting the property of disgraced greyhound trainer Tom Noble.

The ODPP lodged the application, which relates to the banned trainer's Churchable property, north of Gatton, in the Brisbane Supreme Court last Friday.

It comes after the 69-year-old was handed a wholly suspended three-year jail term earlier this month, having pleaded guilty to 15 counts of serious animal cruelty.

The Ipswich District Court heard Noble used live piglets, rabbits and possums to develop a "bloodlust" in race dogs between August and October 2014.

In sentencing, Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren described the practise as "barbaric".

In one instance, he said the destruction of the live creature, tethered to a mechanical arm that spun around a track at the Churchable site, was "appallingly evident".

Nevertheless, he noted Noble's age, health issues and role as the primary carer for his wife in sentencing.

In its application, the ODPP has asked the court to ensure Noble gets "prior written approval" before selling the Churchable property and, once sold, hand over the net proceeds of the sale to the Public Trustee of Queensland.

The documents include a copy of an online advertisement for the 16-hectare property, which says for $650,000 it will ensure "all your doggie needs are catered for".

"Previously used as a training facility the property is now looking for new owners to add their own touches and make it what they dream of," it reads.

A directions hearing for the matter is scheduled for September 29.

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