Man charged with animal cruelty after cow transported in trailer along Pacific Highway

Photo courtesy: Rural Crime - NSW Police Force.
Photo courtesy: Rural Crime - NSW Police Force.

A mid north coast man will face court charged with animal cruelty offences.

A man was issued with a court attendance notice for conveying an animal and unjustifiably inflicting pain and being in charge of an animal and failing to provide vet treatment (x2).

On May 19, 2018 a member of the public saw a vehicle transporting a cow in a box trailer southbound along the Pacific Highway near Clybucca.

Having concerns for the welfare of the cow and safety of other road users, the witness slowed and took a series of photographs of the accused vehicle and cow seated in the trailer. The matter was reported to police and an investigation commenced.

Rural Crime Investigators from the Mid North Coast Police District attended the man’s Aldavilla property and further located two dead cows inside a machinery shed and two other cows in a poor condition.

Police located the cow that was previously in the trailer deceased on the property, along with a deceased calf from the cow.

The cow and calf were transported on sealed and unsealed roads for about one hour. It is reported that the calf had died prior to transporting.

As a result, the RSPCA were notified and the two remaining cows were euthanased on site.

The man will appear in Kempsey Local Court on Monday, July 16.

Photo courtesy: Rural Crime - NSW Police Force.

Photo courtesy: Rural Crime - NSW Police Force.