Tuesday, February 5, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Mt Druitt Local Court


On Wednesday 23 January, 2013, a local Maraylya woman appeared in Mt. Druitt Local Court and pleaded guilty to one charge of animal cruelty and was found guilty of two additional charges

A RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to a property in Maraylya on Tuesday 2 August to investigate a complaint regarding a female horse kept on the premises. The horse was found to be in very poor body condition with her hips, spine and ribs clearly visible. After assessment by an attending veterinarian a decision was made to seize the horse for further medical treatment.

Whilst the horse was being loaded a white Maremma dog was sighted that also appeared to be in poor body condition. The dog was reluctant to stand and despite a medium length coat his hips, ribs and spine were clearly visit. The dog was also seized for immediate veterinary treatment.

Further veterinary examination found that both animals were emaciated.

Unfortunately due to their poor conditions and failure to respond to medical treatment, both the horse and dog were humanely euthanased.

The woman appeared in Mt. Druitt local court and pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to provide veterinary treatment to the horse. She was also found guilty of failing to provide proper and sufficient food to the horse and failing to provide veterinary treatment to the dog. She was fined $600 and further ordered to pay $3,866.49 in veterinary and $5,081 in court costs in addition to being placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond.


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