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Transport owner fined over injured sheep

    January 30, 2012

THE owner of a Victorian livestock transport company has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after sheep were discovered with broken legs.

Gavin O'Sullivan, of O'Sullivan's Transport in Elmore, was fined $10,000 but escaped a conviction after pleading guilty to eight charges connected to transporting sheep that were unfit for travel.

At least four injured sheep had been spotted by officers from Victoria's Department of Primary Industries in a loading pen at the Bendigo sale yards on May 3 last year.

O'Sullivan entered the guilty plea during a court appearance earlier this month.

Authorities say it is an offence to ignore the veterinary needs of livestock, and all operators and transporters must ensure animals do not suffer any pain or discomfort.

The injured sheep, which were in distress with single leg fractures and tissue damage, had to be put down.

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