Kojonup farmer faces court over dairy cow cruelty charge
6 December 2011
A KOJONUP man alleged to have starved and overstocked 250 head of cattle in 2009 will today learn his fate after denying a cruelty charge.
The man will appear in a Perth court via video link link from Albany charged with one count of animal cruelty to cattle between June and August 2009.
The RSPCA alleges that Brenton Emiel Hettner, 41, was visited several times by an RSPCA inspector in 2009 after reports that cows in his yards were in poor condition.
They were also called out to tend to a cow that was down, which was later euthanised.
Results from an investigation conducted by the RSPCA suggested that the poor body condition of the cattle was caused by overstocking and inadequate food.
The RSPCA alleges that this happened despite the association's repeated attempts to educate the accused and "improve the situation.
By Laura Tomlinson, Perth Now
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