Wednesday, June 12, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Young Local Court


A Harden local man appeared in Young Local Court on June 4ths and pleaded guilty to one charge of aggravated animal cruelty and one charge of failing to provider veterinary care to a Hereford cow in his care.

On Monday 4 June 2012, an RSPCA Inspector attended a property in Harden to investigate a cow on the property.

Upon arrival a Hereford cow was observed with cancer eye on the right side of its face. The cancer was estimated to be the size of a dinner plate. The cow did not have a left eye so was unable to see.

The cow was in very poor body condition compared to the other cattle on the property and was in a great deal of distress.

The cow’s poor condition required it to be humanely euthanased by RSPCA Inspectors.

On 21 June 2012, RSPCA Inspectors returned to the property and interviewed the owner. During the interview he admitted to knowing about the cow’s condition and confirmed that he was responsible for the animal.

The Harden local man was convicted and plead guilty to both charges and was fined $1,500. The judge reminded the owner, and the community as a whole, of the responsibilities as an animal owner and ordered him to present to local police for fingerprinting.


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