Lifestyle

How did this happen? Images of starving horse spark outrage

SAD SIGHT: The horse at the centre of the controversy in a yard at the Laidley horse sale.
SAD SIGHT: The horse at the centre of the controversy in a yard at the Laidley horse sale. Contributed

AN EMACIATED horse at the Laidley horse sale has sparked outrage and led to an investigation into possible animal cruelty.

Pictures of the poor horse quickly spread across social media with animal welfare groups condemning the sale for accepting the horse.

North West Equine Rescue was inundated with comments and offers to help after it posted photos of it.

Brian Munro, who runs the Gympie horse sale, said the horse shouldn't have been sent to the Laidley sale in the first place.

"Once it gets to the sale it becomes the agent's responsibility and there's no good served by being responsible for something like that," he said.

He said the person who transported the horse could also be liable to a $500 fine for transporting a weak or debilitated animal.

"They need jerking back into line the whole lot of them," he said.

"He shouldn't have accepted it but they shouldn't have carted it.

"I know it's caused a big kerfuffle and it doesn't do the business any good at all."

Bernie Coonan from Toowoomba who runs the regular Laidley horse sale said misinformation had been spread about the horse.

SAD SIGHT: The horse at the centre of the controversy in a yard at the Laidley horse sale.
SAD SIGHT: The horse at the centre of the controversy in a yard at the Laidley horse sale. Contributed

He said the horse arrived in a truck with 14 healthy horses and it wasn't spotted until after the truck had been unloaded.

"It shouldn't have been presented at the sale that's for sure but the point of the matter is there's been a lot of conjecture on Facebook and all the rest of it and the full story is the horse wasn't even offered and it wasn't even sold," Mr Coonan said.

"Because the bloke had driven away after unloading it with a mob of horses, we had the horse with us in the yard and there were more people coming into the yard so this bloke couldn't get back on to the race to load this horse."

He said the horse was put back on the truck after an available position came up.

"It was an aged horse that was in light condition - no risk at all - but it was an aged horse and he didn't have the fortitude to put it down himself so he brought it in with other horses that were in very good condition," Mr Coonan said.

"But the thing is it went back on the truck and it went back to his place. What he did with it, I don't know."

Biosecurity Queensland said it was investigating.

"Biosecurity Queensland is investigating a report of a possible animal welfare situation involving an emaciated horse in the Laidley area," a spokeswoman said.

"Under the Animal Care and Protections Act 2001 all persons in charge of animals have a duty of care to ensure the animals receive appropriate food, water, living conditions and treatment for any disease or injury."

Topics:  animal cruelty biosecurity queensland



$1.5m for motorsport park will allow drivers to up-skill

News

2.25ha of tarmac, run-off sand traps and safety barriers on offer

Digital bug has kids exploring robots, electronics

Olivia Tobin and Georgia Tobin enjoy activities at the Marker Party in a Box at Ipswich Central Library.

Maker Party in a Box workshop a hit with young and old

Serious side to pampering, raffles and high tea

SOUND ADVICE: Sergeant Nadine Webster, Fiona Richardson-Clarke and volunteer Maddison Prior are promoting Pamper with a Purpose.

There is a vital message behind it

Local Partners

Object of desire: 2018 Kia Stinger launched

We sample the four-cylinder and V6 versions of the 2018 Kia Stinger on the road and race track.

'He is not going to hear me say, I love you'

Kynan Meara-Fletcher, 7, with his mum Michelle Meara-Fletcher at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital.

A young boy may be going home after a long battle with the flu.

Vic police replace Commodores and Falcons with BMWs

How the Victoria Police BMW 530d highway patrol sedan could look.

Europeans set to replace V8 pursuit cars.

'Something to cheer about': PA puts Ipswich on the map

CHEERS: PA Hotel staff accept the award for Regional Overall Hotel of the Year award at the 2017 AHA National Awards for Excellence.

National honour for Prince Alfred Hotel

Groom asks guests to fork out $250 for wedding

Ben Farina, 33, and fiancee Claire Moran, 37, asked guests to pay for themselves. Source: Supplied

He “sold it” a bit like an all-inclusive holiday to their guests

Aussie slays partner with virtual reality proposal

Reality and virtual reality collide. Picture: Supplied

He even managed to transport partner back to hometown

Cadbury fans demand return of Marble flavour

A Fan group for a discontinued line of Cadbury chocolate has been set up. Source: Facebook

Cadbury fans plead for Marble line to be returned