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Hills Man Guilty of Animal Abuse, Avoids Jail-term


An Adelaide Hills man has avoided jail time after being found guilty of animal cruelty.

Ryan Smith has been fined, placed on an 18-month good behaviour bond and  banned from owning animals (aside from his pet dogs and cats) for five years after the Mt Barker Magistrates Court found him guilty of two counts of ill-treatment of an animal.

On Wednesday 9 October, Magistrate Bob Harrap ruled that between December 24, 2018, and February 1, 2019, the Nairne local failed to feed and look after his 18-month old horse and allowed his 10-year-old donkey to suffer chronic neglect and serious injury from an ill-fitting halter.

The RSPCA, who prosecuted the case, was made aware of the cruelty by a member of the public.

They said the animals required extensive care after the incident but have since fully recovered.

Anyone who witnesses animal cruelty or neglect should contact the RSPCA’s 24-hour report hotline on 1300 477 722.

Photo of thoroughbred gelding, Cory, and donkey, Thelma, supplied by the RSPCA