An Australian woman has been ordered to pay fines and vet costs of $A9000 over the ill-treatment of two horses.
Kirribilli woman Jennifer Marshall failed to appear in Hornsby Local Court last week and was convicted on four charges of animal cruelty involving two horses.
On November 19 last year, an RSPCA inspector was called to a property in Galston over a complaint about two abandoned horses.
The inspector found the two horses, a chestnut Arab gelding and a brown standardbred mare.
Both were in good body condition, but were contained in a small paddock which had no grass for grazing.
The only water supply was a bath tub which required filling with a hose.
The inspector fed and watered both animals and secured the gate to the main paddock, leaving behind RSPCA notifications.
Four subsequent visits over three days were made to the property and no further evidence was found that the animals were being provided food or water, so both horses were seized by the RSPCA.
Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, animals are required to be provided with food and water at least every 24 hours.
It was proven with RSPCA stickers that the animals had not been attended to for 72 hours.
Marshall failed to appear in court and was convicted in her absence. She was fined $A3000 for failing to provide proper and sufficient food to both horses and another $A1000 for failing to provide sufficient water to both horses.
She was also ordered to pay $A4980 in veterinary costs and $A83 in court costs.