North West dairy farmer guilty of animal cruelty

2015-04-20 12:00

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Mahikeng - A North West dairy farmer now has a criminal record after admitting to charges of animal cruelty, the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) said on Monday.

Rasie de Jager from the Kortfontein dairy farm admitted guilt to the Koster Magistrate's Court and was ordered to pay a R2 000 fine earlier this month.

He was charged in terms of the Animals Protection Act following a series of incidents in 2013.

The NSPCA laid charges against De Jager following numerous inspections at the farm, it said.

On the first visit, cattle were found standing in mud up to their ankles, some struggling to walk. During a second inspection, the cattle were found to have sustained injuries due to inappropriate transportation, the NSPCA said.

The adult cattle had been transported from KwaZulu-Natal in transport designed for calves, so the cattle had injured their backs and spines because they kept hitting the roof.

‘Failed to comply’

No veterinary treatment had been provided.

"A warning was issued in terms of the Animals Protection Act...  The farmer failed to comply," the NSPCA said.

"One instance that stands out is the cow found without an eye, the socket being maggot-infested yet no veterinary treatment had been given."

On another occasion De Jager refused to allow NSPCA inspectors entry to the farm and a warrant had to be obtained.

The NSCPA said it continued to do inspections on De Jager's farm following the court matter, and on all dairy farms.

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