Grazier fined for cruelty
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.