An Australian man who admitted a charge of failing to alleviate the pain of a stallion has been fined, placed on a good behaviour bond, and ordered to reduce horse numbers.
The penalties were imposed on Kenneth Noel Bartlett when he appeared in Wagga Wagga Local Court, where he admitted the charge.
The charge arose from a visit paid by New South Wales RSPCA inspectors to a property in French Park on October 16 last year.
Upon arrival, the inspectors received a call from Mr Bartlett advising that there was an injured stallion on the property.
Inspectors observed that the stallion was lying on his right side. Occasionally, the horse would attempt to stand, but was unable to bare weight on his rear legs.
Witnesses said the horse had been in that state since the previous day and, despite being told of his condition, Bartlett had not sought veterinary treatment for the animal.
The horse was sedated so an examination could be conducted in safety and to reduce the animal’s pain.
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.
When interviewed by RSPCA inspectors, Bartlett admitted being aware of the horse’s condition and failing to provide pain relief and veterinary treatment.
Bartlett was charged under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act with failing to alleviate the pain of the horse.
He was convicted, fined $A500, and placed on a six-month good behaviour bond, a condition of which is that he reduce the number or horses in his care to 10 by July 31.