Tuesday, October 2, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY OFFENCES – Penrith Local Court

 Photograph of Black Angus crossbreed with open wound on forehead from embedded chain tether.

A local Luddenham man appeared at Penrith Local Court on 27 September 2012 regarding animal cruelty offences. He pleaded guilty for two charges of animal cruelty towards his Black Angus crossbreed cow.

On 16 April 2012, RSPCA Inspectors responded to a complaint about animal cruelty at a property in Luddenham. Some cattle were located on the property tethered and without access to water. One Black Angus crossbreed cow was found lame with a scabby wound at the base of her right foot. The cow was also tethered using a chain that was embedded across her forehead.

A livestock veterinarian was called to the property and confirmed that the chain had caused two deep and open wounds on the cows head. Maggots were identified in the wounds. The leg wound was examined and locally anaesthetized to remove the flap of skin and antibiotics were administered. Her body condition was good and she was found to be four months pregnant.

RSPCA Inspectors instructed the man to ensure that if he chooses to tether his cows that he must do it in a way which does not lead to pain and suffering. He was also instructed to provide water to all animals.

The man was convicted for failure to provide veterinary treatment and failure to exercise reasonable care to his cow. He was fined $400 and ordered to pay the RSPCA’s costs of $852.86 (total $1252.86).

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