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Qld to appeal greyhound trainer's sentence

AAP logoAAP 4/10/2016 Alexandra Patrikios

The RSPCA has welcomed a move by Queensland's attorney-general to appeal against the wholly suspended jail sentence of disgraced greyhound trainer Tom Noble.

Yvette D'Ath announced on Tuesday she had instructed the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to appeal over Noble's suspended three-year jail term on the grounds it was manifestly inadequate.

The 69-year-old was sentenced in the Ipswich District Court last month having pleaded guilty to 15 counts of serious animal cruelty related to live baiting.

RSPCA senior inspector for prosecutions Georgia Sakrzewski told AAP the organisation strongly supported the attorney-general's decision to challenge the suspended term.

"For 15 counts of serious animal cruelty that were taped and shown to be horrendous ... I think we would expect some sort of prison time," Ms Sakrzewski said.

Noble's offending was among the most serious the RSPCA had seen for the specific charge, she added.

In sentencing the now-banned trainer, Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren said the circumstances of his offending were "somewhat notorious" and described the practice of live baiting as "barbaric".

The court had heard Noble used piglets, rabbits and possums to develop a "bloodlust" in the racing dogs between August and October 2014.

In one instance, Judge Horneman-Wren said the destruction of a live creature, tethered to a mechanical arm that spun around a track at Noble's Churchable site, was "appallingly evident".

However, he acknowledged Noble was unlikely to reoffend, was the primary carer for his wife and had suffered a string of health problems.

He had also become "isolated and distressed"after the charges were laid and also received death threats.

But others, including activist organisation Friends of the Hound, slammed the sentence and said his personal circumstances shouldn't have led to him avoiding jail.

The attorney-general's decision also comes after the DPP lodged an application in late September targeting the net proceeds from the sale of Noble's property and seeking orders to compel him to get written consent before it is sold.

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