‘Cruel’ Australian couple on run with 100 dogs

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of an Adelaide couple, who fled their south Australian home last week after being convicted of 11 counts of mistreating some 200 dogs.

The RSPCA said yesterday that many of the dogs had been suffering from malnourishment, the parasitic skin disease mange, eye ulcers, open sores and other health problems including fleas and worms.

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA told the Times of London that it was believed Joseph Higham, 66, and his wife Margarete, 73, suffered from a type of mental illness known as animal hoarding.

“Like people hoard things in their garage, they hoard dogs,” she said.