Gra­zier fined for cru­elty

Countryman - - NEWS -

A Great South­ern gra­zier has been slapped with a $2200 fine and $128 in court costs af­ter al­low­ing a cow’s horn to grow so much it poked into and blinded one of the an­i­mal’s eyes.

Mar­jorie Arm­strong was sen­tenced in Al­bany Court­house last week af­ter plead­ing guilty to one charge of cru­elty un­der the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act 2002.

She was con­victed of fail­ing to take rea­son­able steps to al­le­vi­ate harm.

The con­vic­tion re­lated to an in­ci­dent in Oc­to­ber 2016, when one of her cat­tle was found to have an in­grown left horn dur­ing an in­spec­tion at an abat­toir. At post mortem, it was found the in­grown horn had caused an in­jury to the cow which was 4cm wide and 3cm deep. The left eye could not be opened, and it is es­ti­mated the horn had been in­grown for a long time.

Department of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment prin­ci­pal com­pli­ance in­spec­tor Char­lotte McIntyre said the con­vic­tion sent a clear mes­sage about an­i­mal cru­elty.

“It is un­ac­cept­able that, hav­ing seen an an­i­mal with this type of in­jury, it was not treated,” she said.

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