$18,587 court fine over bag of bones horse
By DOMINIC FEAIN firstname.lastname@example.org A MALLANGANEE man has been found guilty of animal cruelty and fined $18,587.
In Casino local court last Thursday, Trevor McDonald faced five charges under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in relation to the neglect of a horse in his care early last year.
The charges included one of failing to provide proper and sufficient food and four of failing to provide veterinary treatment.
RSPCA Inspector Alistair Hills first visited McDonalds’ property in January last year and said a 20-year-old thoroughbred named Roy was in such a poor condition he could hardly stand.
“He was a bag of bones,” said Mr Hills. “I’ve dealt with many horses over the years but this one struck a chord.”
Mr Hills nursed Roy back to health and these days he is a staff favourite at Riding for the Disabled, in Ballina.
Senior riding coach, Kerry Johnston, said Roy was still on the mend and he will start the riding program soon.
“Roy is a very special horse. Even if his feet don’t heal and we can’t ride him we’ll keep him,” she said.