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Vic producer pleads guilty to animal cruelty charges

Beef Central, July 10, 2019

A cattle producer from Mooroopna North in Victoria was recently convicted of animal cruelty charges in the Shepparton’s Magistrates Court for failing to appropriately care for his cattle.

The producer pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated cruelty, three cruelty charges, and two charges of failing to comply with notices under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.

He received a conviction and was fined $12,500.

Agriculture Victoria District Veterinary Officer Dr Hannah Delahunty said the producer had received a warning letter from Agriculture Victoria for a single similar offence occurring a few months earlier.

The magistrate said the inaction in response to the investigation was extraordinary and the farmer failed to meet his obligations, resulting in his animals suffering.

Dr Delahunty said all farmers have a responsibility to maintain Victoria’s reputation in farming practices and the livestock industry.

“Throughout the period of offending, these cattle continued to suffer and were not provided with appropriate treatment, leaving no alternative for Agriculture Victoria officers but to euthanize several cattle that were severely injured,” Dr Delahunty said.

“This case serves as a strong reminder that it is an offence for livestock owners to fail to provide for their livestock’s welfare.”

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