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Cruel farmer a

‘serial offender’: RSPCA

Aja Styles

February 15, 2011

A farmer has been charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly starved cattle.
A farmer has been charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly starved cattle.

A farmer convicted of maltreating 26 cattle and permanently banned from being in charge of cattle or sheep is accused of once again owning animals in poor health.

Geoffrey James Mullins, of Waroona, was fined $20,000 by Mandurah Magistrate Terence McIntyre last year and ordered to pay the RSPCA $35,000 in costs after he was found guilty of not providing the animals with proper and sufficient food.

RSPCA officers went to Mr Mullins’ property in September 2009 after getting a tip-off that 130 of his cattle were in poor condition.

Inspectors found 26 pregnant cows were malnourished, which resulted in half the animals being put down for humane reasons.

They also discovered a burial pit on the property containing a dozen carcases.

Two veterinarians who attended Mr Mullins’ property reported  the deaths, diarrhoea and poor body condition of the cattle in the herd were a result of starvation.

Both vets added they believed the cattle had not been provided with proper and sufficient food for at least three weeks prior to their visit.

Mr Mullins had been found guilty on three previous occasions of animal cruelty, dating back as far as 1994.

An RSPCA spokesman said they had tried on several occasions to gain Mr Mullins’ cooperation in improving the situation of his livestock without success.

The RSPCA claims the latest conviction has not acted as a deterrent, with Mr Mullins again taking charge of 100 mob of cattle.

They are accusing him of breaching the court order after inspectors found the animals on his property on December 9 last year.

One of the calves also allegedly suffered from a pink eye infection and was considered to be in poor body condition.

He will face the Mandurah Magistrates Court today on two charges of breaching the Animal Welfare Act.

February 26th, 2011
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