Neglect of horse is cruelty: magistrate

A MAN facing six charges relating to a horse that had to be euthanised on his Nimbin property has a case to answer, a magistrate decided.

Liam Brehme pleaded not guilty in Lismore Local Court yesterday to charges including committing an act of aggravated cruelty upon an animal and failing to provide sufficient food and water to an animal.

His horse Amber was euthanised after police received reports about the condition of the horse from members of East Coast Horse Rescue on October 8, 2012.

Ms Daniels, the vet who examined Amber, had previously told the court she found the horse had an extensive skin disease and was susceptible to heart disease, so Amber was put down.

The court heard Amber was bought in January 2012 with Mr Brehme's funds by Alan Davey, who was partners with Mr Brehme in a trail riding business at Nimbin Rox YHA.

Mr Davey was allowed to agist his own horses and live on Mr Brehme's property in exchange for caring for Mr Brehme's horses.

Mr Davey moved off the property and ceased caring for the horses in August.

After evidence was heard and statements were tendered from prosecution witnesses, Mr Brehme's barrister Peter O'Connor submitted his client had no case to answer over four charges, as the evidence did not show cruelty to the horse.

But Magistrate David Heilpern said, "The neglect falls into the case of cruelty."

Mr Heilpern adjourned the hearing until July.

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