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Thursday, Sep 1, 2005
» Christopher Edmond Todd
» Trevor Patrick Gleeson
Two central Queensland livestock managers have been fined in an animal welfare prosecution brought by the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries.
In the Brisbane Magistrates Court, Christopher Edmund Todd pleaded guilty to one charge under the Animal Care and Protection Act of breaching his duty of care in relation to a number of cattle and was fined $3,400. Trevor Patrick Gleeson faced two related charges and was fined $2,600. The charges related to a failure to provide adequate food and water to the animals. No convictions were recorded against either man.
They were appointed by a receiver to manage the Netley Dairy herd on the property Lake Pleasant, near Biloela, when the offences occurred. Authorities received complaints from the public that cattle were dying of starvation on the property.
Outside the court, Dr Rick Symons from the Department of Primary Industries said the prosecution sent a clear message that managers have a legal duty of care to provide for the welfare of animals under their control.