Friday, November 23, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Raymond Terrace Local Court

 One of the eight horses seized on 16 August 2012

A local Medowie man appeared in Raymond Terrace Local court on Tuesday 20 November and pleaded guilty to the charge of failure to provide proper and sufficient food in relation to a total of eight horses.

On Thursday 16 August, 2012, RSPCA Inspectors attended a property in Medowie in response to a complaint about several skinny horses. Inspectors found ten horses on the property, eight of which were deemed by Inspectors to be in poor body condition. A horse transporter was called and eight of the animals were taken to the RSPCA Shelter in Rutherford for immediate veterinary examination.

On Friday 24 August, RSPCA Inspectors conducted a formal interview with the owner at the conclusion of which he surrended four of the horses to the RSPCA.

The owner was fined and pleaded guilty to failing to provide proper and sufficient food in relation to all eight horses. He was fined $1,100 and placed on a two year Section 9 Good Behaviour Bond. He was further ordered to pay $7,887.70 in costs (veterinary treatment and boarding costs). A moiety of the fine was awarded to the RSPCA. Custody of the four remaining horses was awarded to the RSPCA.

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