Friday, December 14, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Bega Local Court

 All photographs taken on day of inspection - 24 May 2012

On Tuesday 11 December, a local Bemboka woman appeared in Bega Local Court and pleaded guilty to failing to exercise reasonable care to prevent the commission of an act of cruelty to a horse located on a property in Bemboka.

A RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to the above property on 24 May 2012 after receiving a complaint about the horse. The mare was recumbent and unable to stand. An odour could be detected from approximately five meters away and upon closer inspection she had a blackened, weeping wound near the abdomen forward of the hind legs. The mare was also severely emaciated with bones from her pelvis, backbone, ribs, skull, neck, legs and chest protruding clearly against her skin.

The Inspector arranged for a veterinarian to attend at which time the owner also arrived and told the Inspector that she had been away and when asked, said no-one had been looking after the horse while she was absent.

Due to the nature of her injuries, the mare had to be euthanased.

A post mortem revealed maggots infesting the entire abdominal wound and pathology tests identified that the mare was also suffering from an untreated cancer with a extensive necrosis and bacterial infection. The mare’s poor body condition was likely to have been the result of at least two weeks without care.

The woman pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to provide veterinary treatment, was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $820 in veterinary costs. She was also ordered to report to the nearest police station for fingerprinting. 

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