Animal cruelty at Shannons Flat

ABANDONED animals at a Shannons Flat property were left for days without food or water because their care was outside the owners' 'management capabilities.'

As a result, six animal cruelty charges were brought against the owner which involved pain to the animals, providing insufficient food and shelter or adequate exercise space.

Five dogs were in cages. Eight sheep had no food and only a small amount of water and one had very bad flystrike.

Corey Stewart Fenwick, 19, of Coila NSW pleaded guilty to the charges at Cooma Local Court on January 7.

He was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service work on each charge, some to be undertaken concurrently, which means he will perform a total of 300 hours.

The Court was told that he rented the property where he lived with his partner and two children.

In addition to the dogs and sheep, there were four horses. However, one horse fell into a septic tank and drowned, which caused a rift with the landlord.

Mr Fenwick moved out and 'abandoned' the property, leaving the horses in a paddock, the dogs in small cages, and the sheep in a home made shed.

The dogs included a large Bull Mastiff, a Great Dane type, a Staffordshire Cross and a Staffordshire Terrier. It was many days before their condition was discovered and they were very aggressive - one had to be destroyed.

By way of explanation, Mr Fenwick said he was unable to care for the animals as planned. It was outside his management capabilities.

The Court is considering the question of veterinary costs and will give a determination in February.

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