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Woman fined for animal cruelty over 'appalling' condition of foal that had to be put down

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November 15, 2017 16:57:45

Fined for animal cruelty

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The court heard Tracy Deren told the RSPCA she knew nothing about horses. (ABC News: Melanie Vujkovic)


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Ipswich 4305

A woman has been fined $3,000 for animal cruelty after admitting she failed to care for a sick and injured foal, telling an Ipswich court she "knew nothing about horses" and "didn't like vets".

Key points:

  • Witness saw foal in poor state and called the RSPCA
  • An RSPCA vet attended and put the foal to sleep
  • Tracy Deren told the court she knew nothing about horses but owned four others

The court heard the six-month-old chestnut filly had suffered so badly it had to be put down last year.

Tracy Marie Deren, 44, from Haigslea, west of Brisbane, appeared in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on five charges.

Four of the charges were dismissed after she pleaded guilty to the first count of animal cruelty.

Her partner, Peter Bullion, who abused members of the media outside court, also had five charges dropped against him due to a lack of evidence.

In a statement of facts, the court heard the filly was kept at Mr Bullion's Haigslea property, close to the couple's house.

A witness saw Deren and Mr Bullion unloading the foal from a float onto a blue tarpaulin and offered to help get the filly on her feet, but the pair declined.

Court shown video of foal in poor state

The court heard the filly was unable to stand for four days, and was seen thrashing around as though it was distressed, or in pain.

The witness contacted the RSPCA and a vet attended the property, but the foal had to be euthanised.

The court heard Deren told an RSPCA inspector she knew nothing about horses, and did not seek veterinary treatment because she disliked vets.

But Deren also owned four other horses.

A video of the foal's horrific state was shown to the court.

It was found dehydrated, covered in dirt and sticks, with swollen limbs and wounds all over its body.

Prosecutor Chris Minnery told the court the horse appeared to be dead in the video.

"That video shows quite clearly the appalling state the horse was in," he said.

"It's impossible for the defendant to say she didn't know … it was in that state for four days.

"It suffered and had to be put down."

Peter Bullion with the media outside Ipswich Magistrates Court

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Peter Bullion abused media who filmed him leaving Ipswich Magistrates Court after his charges were dropped. (ABC News)

Defence barrister Stephen Kissick said there was nothing callous about Deren's treatment of the foal.

"There's no dispute the horse was close to the house," he said.

"She put it there … she put it there for treatment.

"In hindsight the horse should have simply been shot or euthanised in the paddock it was found, but out of concern for the animal it was moved up to the house."

Magistrate Louisa Pink fined Deren $3,000, half of which will go to the RSPCA.

She also banned Deren from owning a horse without RSPCA approval.

"The animal was in poor condition from the outset," Ms Pink said.

"It was a vulnerable animal, recently weaned, but you were aware throughout the time of the animal's condition.

"You told the inspector you had not had a foal before and knew nothing about horses, yet it's clear you have other horses in your care."

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animal-welfare,

courts-and-trials,

ipswich-4305,

brisbane-4000,

qld

First posted

November 15, 2017 16:45:47


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