Man charged over dead ponies
A POTTSVILLE man has been charged with 25 counts of animal cruelty after the same number of ponies was found dead near Glen Innes on Saturday.
New England Local Area Command were called to the Ben Lomond Range off the New England Highway and found the decomposing bodies of 25 ponies on Saturday afternoon.
Police believe 35 ponies had been transported by a removalist truck, loaded in the Kingstown district to head to the north coast.
Without adequate ventilation, 25 ponies died while only two survived the journey.
Police are still searching for the remaining eight.
Yesterday afternoon police interviewed a 39-year-old Pottsville man at his home.
He was issued with a Future Court Attendance Notice for 25 counts of committing an act of aggravated cruelty upon an animal.
He will appear in Glen Innes Local Court on Tuesday 14 February 2012.