Wednesday, July 4, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES – GOULBURN LOCAL COURT

Photograph taken on 23 June 2011 – goats tangled in barbed wire.

A local Goulburn woman appeared at Goulburn Local Court for sentencing on Wednesday 27 June 2012. She had pleaded guilty to four animal cruelty charges at an earlier Court appearance.

She had been charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty, one count of failure to provide proper and sufficient food, and one count of failure to exercise reasonable care to prevent an act of cruelty. The charges related to sheep and goats located on an unattended property at Taylors Flat.

An RSPCA Inspector responded to a complaint about starving stock on 23 June 2011. She located goats and sheep in small paddocks with no pasture or supplementary feed. Two emaciated goats were found entangled in barbed wire and broken play equipment which prevented them from moving. The Inspector found a recently deceased ewe and humanely euthanased a recumbent goat. Both emaciated animals were considered to have died of starvation. A subsequent examination by the LHPA District Veterinarian concluded that the stock had not been provided with proper and sufficient food for a number of weeks resulting in their very low body condition.

The woman was fined $1,000 for each charge of aggravated cruelty and $500 for each charge relating to her failure to provide food and reasonable care. She was ordered to pay $324 Court costs and $108 RSPCA costs. She was ordered to present to NSW Police for fingerprinting and has been prohibited from owning any sheep or goat for ten years. She was ordered to dispose of all stock animals within 28 days (total fines $3,000; total costs $432).

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

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