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Friday 30 May 2003
A farmer was today sentenced in the Invercargill District Court on animal
Invercargill farmer, Mr Russell Scobie was convicted of 12 charges under the
Animal Welfare Act 1999 and has been sentenced to a total of 400 hours of
community service and total costs of $7225 dollars.
Earl Culham, Senior Investigator with the Ministry of Agriculture and
Forestry's Special Investigation Group (SPIG) said the outcome was the
culmination of considerable effort from all involved in bringing the case to a
"Any situation involving cruelty of animals can take its toll on all
those working on the investigation," he said.
Trial witnesses had described Mr Scobies stock as severely underfed and
suffering from chronic malnutrition.
One expert witness commented that Mr Scobies property was extremely
overstocked with four times the stocking rate of other properties in the area.
MAF was alerted to the state of the animals by a concerned member of the
public. Mr Culham said such calls help guarantee early intervention into
suspected cases of animal cruelty.
Call MAF's Animal Welfare Complaint Hotline on 0800 327 027.
Earl Culham Senior Animal Welfare Adviser 0-9-300 1642 or 0-21-767 854 Email: email@example.com