Thursday, November 1, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES – Penrith Local Court

Photo of ewe taken on 7th January 2012

A local Londonderry man appeared at Penrith Local Court Tuesday 30 October 2012.  He pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty including aggravated cruelty and failure to provide proper and sufficient food to his two female crossbreed sheep.

An RSPCA Inspector responded to a report on 3 January regarding two sheep that required urgent attention.  One ewe was emaciated and had collapsed.  The other ewe was underweight, but appeared alert and responsive.  The down ewe was seized for immediate veterinary attention.

Upon examination, the ewe was scored as being in very poor body condition.  Even with support, she was unable to stand.  Despite repeated attempts at ‘slinging’ the ewe, she was unable to recover the ability to stand voluntarily.  She was humanely euthanased, as it was deemed cruel to keep her alive.  It was estimated that the sheep had not received proper and sufficient food for a period of no less than two weeks, and was showing obvious effects of malnutrition.    

Inspectors repeatedly visited the property over the following days to check on the remaining ewe and provide food.  On Monday 9 January, the ewe was seized as no available food was sighted and the sheep was deteriorating in body condition.  After three weeks in RSPCA’s care, the sheep gained 8.7 kilograms – an 18.5% total body weight gain – and her body condition improved considerably.

The Londonderry man was convicted and fined $580. He was ordered to pay $81 Court costs, $883.36 veterinary costs and $3500 professional costs (total costs $4464.36).

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