6 May 2016

Woman loses fight to own more animals

2:34 pm on 6 May 2016

A woman has lost her appeal to own more animals after a badly treated and malnourished horse died in her care.

Anne Power's horse had severe dental wear and decay, infections and abscesses in both lungs, chronic worms, and was severely emaciated.

Today, Justice Whata said her offending was at the serious end of the spectrum and Power had not accepted responsibility for what she did.

She was convicted on a charge of reckless ill-treatment of an animal last year and had to forfeit some of her remaining ones.

She was still allowed to keep four horses, 11 cattle, 18 sheep, 40 llamas, 40 birds, four dogs and four cats.

But Power was barred from owning any more animals than this for eight years.

She appealed against her sentence by claiming it was manifestly excessive.

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