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Farmer: Brenton Emiel Hettner of Kojonup fined for cruelty 9.12.2012
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2012, 05:59:46 PM »
 Farmer fined for cruelty  JOSH NYMAN

December 9, 2011,
 Farmer fined for cruelty A Kojonup farmer was fined $15,000 and ordered to pay nearly $24,000 in costs after being found guilty of a single charge of cruelty to animals on Monday.

Picture by Mogens Johansen: renton Emiel Hettner leaving Katanning Court after appearing on animal cruelty charges.

Brenton Emiel Hettner, 42, appeared in Perth Children’s Court via video-link from Narrogin Magistrate’s Court accused of starving up to 250 cattle on his rural property between June and August 2009.

An investigation conducted by the RSPCA found Hettner failed to provide sufficient food for his stock and did not take steps to prevent them from suffering further harm.

A subsequent report filed by investigating inspectors found the poor body condition of the cattle was caused by overstocking and inadequate food supply, despite repeated attempts by the RSPCA to educate Hettner and improve the animals’ dire situation.

One cow was required to be euthanised.

During the lengthy trial, which started in June this year after Hettner entered a plea of not guilty, evidence given by a Department of Agriculture and Food veterinarian showed all stock in question fell below the minimal condition standard for beef practices.

In handing down her decision, Magistrate Elizabeth Hamilton said the community placed “a more heavy burden on persons engaged professionally with livestock” and said Hettner showed “no remorse whatsoever” for his crime.

Hettner was also handed a three-year ban on owning livestock unless instructed by an RSPCA-approved livestock adviser.

 pn starving cattle height=366   STARVING: A Kojonup farmer is facing animal cruelty charges over failing to provide adequate feed for 250 starving cattle.   

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