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Reports of animal cruelty Thirteen horses put down (Geelong) 21.6.2012
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2012, 04:04:26 PM »
RSPCA officers yesterday descended on a property at Mount Doran near Meredith for the second time in two years after reports of wide-spread animal cruelty. The RSPCA said 70 ponies, miniature ponies and horses were discovered on the rural property. It said 13 of the animals were euthanised on Tuesday.

RSPCA spokesperson Tim Pilgrim said the animal welfare body received a complaint about horses at the property on Monday and welfare officers were deployed immediately.

The owner was previously convicted and charged with seven counts of animal cruelty and fined $4655 including costs in 2008 after a lengthy RSPCA investigation.

Between January and February 2007, nine of the owners' 41 horses were surrendered and, upon vet advice, euthanised due to welfare problems.

The owner has been on the RSPCA's watch list since her 2008 conviction, Mr Pilgrim said.
"Our officers have liaised with the owner and observed about 70 horses on the property in various conditions," he said.

"The inspector issued directives to the owner that needed to be corrected including immediate vet treatment for one horse with a mild prolapsed uterus and urgent farrier treatment for one other horse.

"We also issued an overall directive that all horses had to be supplied with sufficient feed and that's ongoing."

Mr Pilgrim said he believed the knackery had also been called in.

When the Geelong Advertiser visited the property yesterday only about 20 horses remained.

Neighbours expressed their disgust in the horses' conditions but said they "weren't surprised'.

Australian Horse Welfare president Jo Briggs said it was a heartbreaking case of neglect.

Over breeding was a common issue among horse welfare cases, she said.

"It's appalling that the conditions of these animals have been allowed to get to this, it's disgraceful. We just see people continuing to breed horses for no reason," she said. "We get some absolutely shocking cases but they usually involved three or four horses not large groups like this.

"It shows that mass over breeding is a huge issue."

Ms Briggs said many horses were often too scared to be rehabilitated.

"We've taken brumby's out of national parks who've never had a human hand on them and they are fabulous to deal with but when they've been abused by a human hand they can be impossible to deal with," she said. "It's absolutely devastating."

The RSPCA is continuing its investigations.

Erin Pearson   |  June 21st, 2012
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