Monday, June 4, 2012

ANIMAL ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGE – LISMORE LOCAL COURT

Photograph taken on day of seizure 2nd February 2011

A local Rosebank man appeared at Lismore Local Court in relation to an animal cruelty charge on 1 June 2012. He pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to provide veterinary treatment to his horse.

An RSPCA Inspector responded to a report of a horse with an injured leg on 2 February 2011. The Inspector found the yearling colt tied to a tree with a makeshift bandage covering a large wound on his left rear leg. The colt was seized and transported for urgent veterinary attention.

The veterinarian treated a 15 x 20 centimetre wound above the fetlock. The bandage the man had applied to the wound was too tight. A 30 millimetre deep groove from electrical tape used as part of the bandage had caused strangulating damage. It was estimated the condition would have been present for at least four weeks. The veterinarian concluded the treatment administered by the man was not only inadequate but had created further damage to the horse’s limb. The offender surrendered the colt to the RSPCA the following day.

The local Rosebank man was convicted and placed on a Section 9 good behaviour bond for two years. The bond has conditions which require him to notify the Chief Inspector of all animals in his care and to permit RSPCA officers entry to his premises to inspect his animals. He is required to obey all reasonable directions given by RSPCA officers in relation to the care of his animals. The man was ordered to pay $81.00 Court costs and $474.70 veterinary costs.

The colt recovered and has been rehomed by the RSPCA.

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

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