A West Australian farmer has been fined $50000 after a large number of emaciated sheep were found dead or dying on his Wheatbelt property.
A member of the public alerted the RSPCA about Clinton Charles Wheatley’s Toodyay farm and inspectors found sheep so starved their bodies had started to break down muscle in order to supply energy.
A vet attended and determined the condition of some of the sheep was so bad they could not be saved.
The surviving sheep were found to be in such poor health they were not able to be moved, so the inspectors arranged for a local farmer to provide feed and water slowly and regularly on site.
In the Perth Magistrates’ Court last Monday, Wheatley was handed a four-year conditional prohibition order requiring him to immediately reduce his stock levels and undergo monthly assessments by an independent animal husbandry expert.
He also must pay almost $19500 in costs and may also be required to undergo animal husbandry education programs.
‘‘The fine imposed today is reflective of the severity of the offences and suffering of the sheep,’’ RSPCA WA chief inspector Amanda Swift said.