A local Bootawa woman appeared in Taree Local Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty involving five horses.
An RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to a property in Bootawa on Tuesday 25 October, 2012 in response to a complaint about several horses. On arrival the Inspector observed seven adult horses and two foals in poor body condition. On further inspection of the paddock areas of the property, the Inspector found what appeared to be skeletal remains of a horse. The Inspector determined that no one was home at the time so left notifications for the occupants to contact the RSPCA.
On Friday 2 November, 2012 the Inspector received a call from a female person who identified herself as the owner of the horses at the property. The Inspector advised the woman that her horses were to be seized on Monday 5 November.
On Monday 5 November, five horses were seized from the property and taken for veterinary treatment. Examination of the horses revealed them all to be underweight with some displaying evidence of lice and intestinal worm burdens.
The woman pleaded guilty to failing to provide proper and sufficient food and failing to provide veterinary treatment to the five horses. She was fined $4,000 and ordered to pay all associated costs totalling $13,769.55.
All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulation