Horse owner fined, banned

Derek Oldham is climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.
Derek Oldham is climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.

The charge related to a miniature pony called Little Man that inspectors saw in poor condition at the 60-year-old woman’s property in May 2011.

He had difficulty walking and his hooves were overgrown.

Veterinarians at RSPCA’s Malaga headquarters observed four overgrown hooves and a matted tail with dirt, suggesting he spent a lot of time on the ground and was not receiving care.

He was later put down at an equine veterinary centre after further examinations revealed significant injuries, including one leg that was unable to be fully extended.

A post-mortem revealed severe degenerative joint disease and subsequent osteoarthritis in the shoulder joints.

In her sentencing remarks, Magistrate Jennifer Hawkins said the offence was ‘very serious and it was appropriate the RSPCA prosecuted’.

‘This was a particularly sad case for RSPCA inspectors and staff to deal with and we are pleased a permanent banning order was imposed,’ RSPCA chief executive David van Ooran said. Costs of $1469 were awarded to the RSPCA.