Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wagga Wagga man ordered to reduce horse numbers after animal cruelty conviction

A man appeared in Wagga Wagga Local Court last week to face one charge of animal cruelty.

On Wednesday 16 October 2013 RSPCA NSW Inspectors attended a property in French Park. Upon arrival the Inspectors received a call from the man advising that there was an injured stallion on the property.

Inspectors observed that the stallion was laying on its right side. Occasionally, the horse would attempt to stand, but was unable to bare weight on its rear legs. Witnesses stated that the horse had been in that state since the previous day and despite being advised of its condition the man had not sought veterinary treatment for the animal.

The horse was sedated so an examination could be conducted in safety and to reduce the pain to the horse. When sedated, the horse showed discomfort when the right leg and thigh area were manipulated. After examining the horse an attending veterinarian advised that the animal was in significant pain. The horse was euthanised as it was considered cruel to keep it alive.

During an interview with RSPCA NSW Inspectors, the man admitted to being aware of the horse’s condition and failing to provide pain relief and veterinary treatment.

He pleaded guilty, was convicted and fined $550 for failure to alleviate the pain of a horse. He was placed on a six-month Good Behaviour Bond and was ordered to reduce the number or horses in his care.

All Charges Made Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

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