AN MAN who didn’t seek medical attention for his horse which suffered injuries from a wire fence has been fined $4000.
Graham Dickson, 64, appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to failure to provide proper vet service.
The court heard RSPCA officers attended the Echuca property on February 10 where they spoke to the accused who said a vet had attended to the animal.
RSPCA Victoria prosecutor Senior Inspector Daniel Bode said they were unable to confirm a vet had seen the horse.
‘‘On February 17 inspectors examined the horse and sought the opinion of a vet,’’ he said.
‘‘Due to the injuries the animal was euthanised on February 20.
‘‘On April 6 the RSPCA attended for a field interview where the accused, who admitted to being the owner and person responsible, gave no comment.’’
The court heard Dickson believed he had done the best he could for the horse.
Defence lawyer Elricia Schoeman said her client had been involved with horses for almost 40 years. ‘‘He bought his first horse when he was just 23 in 1966 and is well known and well respected in the horse industry,’’ she said.
‘‘He has a lot of love and respect for horses and honestly believed he had done the best for the horse.’’
Magistrate Michael King told Dickson he should have done more.
‘‘If it was that obvious that the horse was injured you should have done more than you did,’’ he said.
‘‘You had a duty of care to the animal and you should have been more mindful.’’
Dickson was fined without conviction.