Friday, March 8, 2013


A local Kirribilli woman failed to appear in Hornsby Local Court yesterday afternoon and was convicted on four charges of animal cruelty involving two horses.

On Monday 19 November, 2012 an RSPCA Inspector was called to a property in Galston in relation to a complaint about two abandoned horses. Upon arrival the Inspector located two horses, a chestnut Arab Gelding and a Brown Standard-bred mare; both were in good body condition. The horses were contained in a small paddock, which was bare with no grass for grazing. The only water supply was a bath tub which required filling with a hose. 

The Inspector fed and watered both animals and secured the gate to the main paddock, leaving behind RSPCA notifications. Four subsequent visits over three days were made to the property and no further evidence was found that the animals were being provided food or water so both horses were seized by the RSPCA. Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, animals are required to be provided with food and water at least every 24 hours.  It was proven with RSPCA stickers that the animals had not been attended to for 72 hours.

The woman failed to appear in Court and was convicted ex-parte and fined $3,000 for failing to provide proper and sufficient food to both horses and another $1,000 for failing to provide sufficient water to both horses. She was also ordered to pay $4,980 in veterinary costs and $83 in Court costs. Custody of both horses was granted to the RSPCA.

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