An Australian woman faces a bill approaching $A18,000 after admitting two charges over the care of five horses.
Anne Kemp, from Bootawa in New South Wales admitted two charges of animal cruelty involving five horses when she appeared in Taree Local Court last week.
A New South Wales RSPCA inspector was called to a property in Bootawa on October 25 last year after a complaint about several horses.
The inspector found 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 found that no-one was home at the time so left notifications for the occupants to contact the RSPCA.
On November 2, the inspector received a call from a woman who identified herself as Kemp and the owner of the horses.
Kemp was told that her horses were to be seized on November 5.
Five horses were seized from the property on that date and taken for veterinary treatment.
Examination of the animals revealed them all to be underweight, with some displaying evidence of lice and intestinal worm burdens.
Kemp pleaded guilty to failing to provide proper and sufficient food and failing to provide veterinary treatment to the five horses.
She was fined $A4000 and ordered to pay all associated costs totalling $A13,769.55.
All charges were brought under New South Wales’ Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.