All photographs taken on day of examination – 1 September 2010
On Tuesday 11 December, a local Gundary man appeared in court and was convicted of aggravated animal cruelty in relation to a chestnut mare located on a property in Gundary.
A RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to the above property on 1 September, 2010 and inspected a mare located on the property. The mare was in emaciated body condition, her entire skeletal frame was evident. She was also heavily infected with lice and staggered dangerously when walking.
The mare was too weak to transport so she was put into a stable complex at the property for onsite veterinary care and food.
On 3 September the horse collapsed and was unable to get up. Pain relief was administered to the mare and her condition was closely monitored. Later in the day with no signs of improvement the veterinarian in attendance euthanased the mare.
A full post mortem was conducted and revealed that the mare had heavy internal parasites burden, worn teeth and chronically ulcerated tongue. Her condition was the result of long term malnutrition and parasite burden.
The local Gundary man appeared in Goulburn Local court and entered a plea of not guilty. Following hearing of the matter the man was found guilty of all charges. For the aggravated cruely charge he was placed on a 2 year good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $117,609.28 for veterinary and professional costs. The remaining charges were dealt with by way of section 10A of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 and no further penalty was imposed.
All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulation