Horses left emaciated as owners let the animals starve
TWO horses were left with protruding ribs, small rumps and a general emaciated condition after the owners allegedly failed to feed them - despite the RSPCA repeatedly providing counselling for more than four years, a Hervey Bay court has heard.
Bianca Jayne Wogandt, 29, pleaded not guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to two counts of breaching her duty of care to an animal.
Barrister Craig Ryan, for the RSPCA, told a hearing horses Aphrodite and Tiffany were examined at a Dundathu property in 2010 by RSPCA inspectors after complaints of cruelty.
Mr Ryan said inspectors then issued a notice for Wogandt to ensure the animals received vet care and were adequately fed.
He said inspectors visited the property on numerous occasions before finally seizing the two horses on December 19 last year after they failed to put on weight.
"They need hay," he said.
"That was made known to them again and again and again."
Mr Ryan said Wogandt was only providing the horses with one biscuit of hay each day when they should have been provided with three to four biscuits of hay each day.
Throughout the case a number expert witnesses were called, including veterinarian Tim Hill who said one horse had a severe case of worms which may have contributed to the failure to gain weight.
"These horses at this level of body condition, they were not suffering," he said.
Wogandt, who represented herself in court, said she had been feeding the horses and had tried to arrange for them to be billeted at another property.
Magistrate Graeme Tatnell has reserved his decision on the case until February 16 next year.