RIGHT: Sue Higginson made a report to Richmond police about the poor condition of this horse kept at a Loftville property, near Lismore.
RIGHT: Sue Higginson made a report to Richmond police about the poor condition of this horse kept at a Loftville property, near Lismore. Contributed

Horse waits two-years to be rescued, only to be euthenased

AN EMACIATED horse was euthanased on a property at Loftville, near Lismore, on Monday night, following a report made to the RSPCA and Richmond police last week.

Now, the RSPCA and police are "working with the owner to identity the issues surrounding the horse", according to Inspector Mat Johnson.

Insp Johnson was unable to say whether charges would be laid.

Angela Pollard, the co-ordinator of the Animal Law and Education Project at the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre, informed The Northern Star yesterday.

She was appalled the horse was not removed from the property sooner.

"The horse is now dead. It died last night at the same property," she said.

"We were in touch with the police and RSPCA about this property for two years.

"Why was it left at the property?"

Before its death, the horse was losing mounds of hair and visibly wasting away.

Ms Pollard said it was given a shot of antibiotics and vitamins - but no other action was taken - when a vet and the RSCPA examined the animal following a report last Thursday by Sue Higginson, who made the original complaint.

The RSPCA has only one inspector in northern NSW, serving the area from Coffs Harbour to the Tweed, Ms Pollard said.



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