Fine after poorly mare found with weeping wound

The horse as seen during a RSPCA inspection on May 24 this year.
The horse as seen during a RSPCA inspection on May 24 this year.

A woman has been fined over the neglect of a collapsed mare with a weeping wound.

Diana Alcock, of Bemboka, appeared last week in Bega Local Court in New South Wales, where she pleaded guilty to failing to exercise reasonable care to prevent the commission of an act of cruelty to a horse on a property in Bemboka.

An inspector with the RSPCA in New South Wales was called to the property on May 24 this year after receiving a complaint about the horse.

The mare was lying down and unable to stand.

A smell could be detected about 5 metres away and, on closer inspection, she was found to have a blackened, weeping wound near the abdomen, forward of the hind legs.

The mare was also emaciated, with bones from her pelvis, backbone, ribs, skull, neck, legs and chest protruding clearly against her skin.

The inspector arranged for a veterinarian to attend, at which time Alcock also arrived and told the inspector that she had been away.

The mare's stomach wound.
The mare’s stomach wound.

When asked, she said no-one had been looking after the horse while she was absent.

Due to the nature of her injuries, the mare had to be euthanised.

A post mortem revealed maggots infesting the entire abdominal wound and pathology tests identified that the mare was also suffering from an untreated cancer with a extensive necrosis and bacterial infection.

The mare’s poor body condition was likely to have been the result of at least two weeks without care.

Alcock pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to provide veterinary treatment. She was fined $A1000 and ordered to pay $A820 in veterinary costs.

Alcock was also ordered to report to the nearest police station for fingerprinting.


2 thoughts on “Fine after poorly mare found with weeping wound

  • December 19, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Two weeks?!!! Looks like a lot longer that that.
    Totally disgusting and unnecessary.

  • December 19, 2012 at 11:10 am

    That is absolutely foul.
    It would appear that that wound had been festering for much longer than two weeks and I fully agree with Lynette. How people can just “go away” and not have anyone check on their horses for more than two or three days is beyond me… How hard is it to say to a neighbor “Check my horse is still okay for me?”?
    And if your horse is in such deplorable condition then the money you’re spending on holidaying or travelling or what ever this terrible excuse for an owner was doing should have gone to veterinary care; supplementary feed; or re-homing the poor creature.


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