Hefty bill in Australian case of horse neglect

The mare when inspected on September 1, 2010.
The mare when inspected on September 1, 2010.

A man in New South Wales faces a bill of nearly $A120,000 following his conviction for the neglect of a mare on a property in Gundary.

Gary Young appeared in Goulburn Local Court last week, where he was convicted of aggravated animal cruelty in relation to a chestnut mare.

An inspector with the RSPCA in New South Wales was called to the property on September 1, 2010, and inspected a mare.

The mare was emaciated and her entire skeletal frame was evident. She was also heavily infected with lice and staggered dangerously when walking.

The mare was too weak to transport so she was put into a stable complex at the property for onsite veterinary care and food.

Two days later, the horse collapsed and was unable to get up. Pain relief was administered to the mare and her condition was closely monitored.

golbourn-neglect2Later in the day, with no signs of improvement, the veterinarian in attendance euthanised her.

A full post mortem examination was conducted and revealed that the mare had a heavy internal parasite burden, worn teeth and a chronically ulcerated tongue.

Her condition was the result of long-term malnutrition and parasite burden.

Young entered a plea of not guilty.

Following a hearing, Young was found guilty of all charges.

For the aggravated cruely charge, he was placed on a two-year good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $A117,609.28 for veterinary and professional costs.

The remaining charges were dealt with by way of section 10A of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 and no further penalty was imposed.


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