Farmer disqualified from owning livestock for life


Beef Central (AU)



A Victorian farmer has received a lifetime disqualification order from being the owner or person in charge of any farm animal following a guilty plea in the Ballarat Magistrates Court recently.


A Springbank farmer, Peter Toohey, pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty and a charge of aggravated cruelty leading to the serious disablement of two cows.


The accused owned five cattle confined to yards on his property, which were observed in poor condition and without access to water or adequate food which resulted in dehydration.


The accused also failed to obtain veterinary care for two sick cows.


Mr Toohey had been subject to criminal proceedings previously for very similar offending, at which time he had a conditional Control Order imposed for a period of two years under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.


In addition to the lifetime disqualification order...