Thursday, August 11, 2011


Photograph taken on day of seizure 13 December 2010

A local Girvan woman appeared at Raymond Terrace Local Court on Tuesday 9 August 2011, for hearing of animal cruelty charges. The woman had earlier pleaded not guilty to two offences, namely failure to provide proper and sufficient food and failure to provide veterinary treatment to her horse.

An RSPCA Inspector responded to a report about the horse on 22 October 2010. She found the bay mare in poor body condition with prominent ribs, shoulders, spine and withers. The mare's foal was approximately three weeks old. Both horses were seized by Inspectors on 13 December 2010 after the woman failed to comply with instructions to improve the condition of the mare. Veterinarians scored the mare's condition as emaciated and also diagnosed a heavy internal parasite burden. Within six weeks under RSPCA care, the mare had gained 84 kilograms (25% of her presenting weight). The woman surrendered the mare and foal to the RSPCA on 27 January 2011.

Following yesterday's hearing the woman was found guilty and convicted of both charges. She was fined $500 for the food charge and was convicted with no further penalty for the veterinary charge. The woman was ordered to pay $81 Court costs, $1380 veterinary/agistment costs and $4000 towards the RSPCA's legal costs (total fines $500; total costs $5,461).

Both horses have since been rehomed by the RSPCA.

All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulations.

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