Waroona Woman Found Guilty, Sentenced for Cruelty to Horses
A 38 year old woman has been found guilty and was sentenced in Mandurah Magistrates Court today for three counts of animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act (2002). The charges relate to three horses found on her property in the Shire of Waroona in March 2016.
She was sentenced to an Intensive Supervision Order with programme and supervision requirements and 100 hours of Community Service work. She is also prohibited from being in charge of horses for three (3) years and Patch, the surviving horse, has been forfeited to the Crown. She will also have to pay legal costs of $8008 and $667.75 disbursements, plus reimbursement of care and veterinary costs of $8650.29.
RSPCA Inspectors were called to the property following a report from Shire of Murray rangers. When the Inspector arrived at the property, they found a mare, Ally, already deceased, a female foal, Rosie, emaciated and unable to stand, and a gelding, Patch, alive but in poor condition.
An independent veterinarian was called to the property and determined that Rosie, the foal, was in such bad condition that she couldn’t be saved. The only humane course of action was to end her suffering.
Patch was seized and removed from the property, and taken to a local vet where he was examined. He was found to be in extremely poor condition, with his pelvis and ribs clearly showing. Following initial treatment, Patch was placed with an experienced foster carer, where he has remained for over two years. He has made a slow but full recovery.
Comments attributed to RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift:
“This was a truly distressing case because we all know that, had the owner taken action earlier and sought help, we would have been able to save Ally and Rosie. Instead, the owner neglected her duty to all three animals by allowing them to suffer malnourishment and emaciation. She failed to take steps to relieve their suffering even though their poor condition was very apparent and she was aware of it.”
“This is a reminder to everyone that animals rely on their owners absolutely for every need. In this case each horse’s access to appropriate nutrition was solely in the control of the owner. Horses in particular require a substantial physical and financial commitment over many years. There is no shame in putting up your hand and asking for help before a situation gets out of control, as it did in this case.
“We’re relieved that Patch can now be rehomed permanently after two years in foster care, and we’d like to thank our generous supporters who have helped to pay for his care and upkeep over this time.”