South-West Victorian farmer fined for animal cruelty
1 June 2017
A 61-year-old farmer has been fined $3,500 for failing to report two bovine malignant eye tumour cases and failing to treat them.
The farmer, from Merino, who did not appear at the hearing at the Hamilton Magistrates' Court, was also found guilty on one charge of aggravated cruelty.
The court heard that Agriculture Victoria inspectors visited the man's property in May 2016 following a complaint regarding a Hereford cow with a large tumour around its eye.
Further investigations revealed a second cow suffering from eye cancer and one of the animals was seriously disabled.
Magistrate Toose said the farmer had completely failed in his obligations to animals.
Speaking after the case, Animal Health Officer Emily Huglin said people in charge of livestock needed to act promptly when they noticed conditions such as eye cancer.
Offences of aggravated cruelty can attract fines of up to $78,000 or two years' jail.
"This is a reminder to all livestock producers that animal cruelty will not be tolerated by the Victorian government or the community," Ms Huglin said.
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