Guilty Of Animal Cruelty, William Chase Is Banned From Owning Farm Animals For 5 Years In New Zealand After Many Of His Sheep Have Died

A farmer has been banned from owning farm animals for 5 years after the deaths of dozens of female sheep on his farm in Taihape, New Zealand.

Sixty-five-year-old William Chase pleaded guilty to four charges under the Animal Welfare Act, including two charges of reckless ill-treatment of an animal resulting in their death, when he was sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court last week, he was also ordered to serve three months’ community detention.

This sentence is appalling for someone that is responsible for these innocent animals’ senseless suffering.

When animal welfare inspectors responded to a complaint about the welfare of his animals in August 2017, they found 30 female sheep in various states of decomposition, as well as, dying ewes; 22 of which were so emaciated they had to be euthanized to end their suffering.

One hundred remaining ewes on the property were assessed by a veterinarian as having a body condition score of 1 or less. That is deplorable and inexcusable.

While no animals should be placed in such an inhumane situation, the Animal Welfare Act requires that the animals’ physical health and behavioral needs must be met and that any who are ill or injured be provided treatment that alleviates pain and suffering.

“It was obvious Mr. Chase had shown a complete lack of animal husbandry and supervision,” Ministry of Primary Industries manager of animal welfare compliance, Gray Harrison, said in a statement. “This situation could have been avoided if Chase had supervised and looked after his animals properly.”

“Sheep need to be checked regularly, but even more closely when they are fully-fleeced, close to lambing and in poor condition so that remedial action can be taken if necessary,” continued Harrison. “The condition of the animals in Mr. Chases’ care was totally unacceptable. We never find these sorts of cases easy. But we always ensure we take the appropriate action to penalize people who treat animals this way.”

MPI encourages anyone with animal welfare complaints to use its confidential hotline number: 0800 00 83 33.

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