No jail, fines or conviction recorded for starving horses
A WOMAN has collapsed at Hervey Bay Magistrates Court for the second time as she was sentenced for failing to adequately feed two horses.
Paramedics were called to treat June Annette Wogandt, 66, after her collapse on Tuesday afternoon.
She had told the court during sentencing that she was suffering from terminal cancer and that had been the cause of her original collapse when she appeared before the court in August last year.
The court heard Wogandt had shared responsibility for two horses that were being kept on her Hervey Bay property by her daughter.
The horses were monitored by the RSPCA after the animals were reported to the authority as being in poor condition.
RSPCA inspector Penny Flaherty first attended the property in March 2014 and saw the horses were in urgent need of attention.
Both horses, Tiffany and Aphrodite, were in poor condition and in need of worming. The court heard Tiffany struggled to stand.
In November 2014, eight months after the initial visit RSPCA seized the two horses.
The court heard that when the horses were taken into the care of the RSPCA, Tiffany and Aphrodite put on 26 and 28 kilos.
It was estimated that treating the horses had cost the RSPCA about $12,000.
Representing herself, Wogandt said her daughter Bianca Wogandt was the owner of the horses and had been responsible for caring for them.
She said she had agreed to feed them if her daughter had not been able to get to her mother's property.
Magistrate Graeme Tatnell gave Wogandt a 12 month good behaviour bond.
He said she would be required to pay $500 if she committed any other offences.
She has also prohibited from owning any equine animal for three years. No conviction was recorded.
It was after she had been sentenced, Wogandt collapsed to the floor.
Paramedics were called but Wogandt was later able to leave the court house unassisted.
Her daughter has also been charged in relation to the care of the horses, but she pleaded not guilty and the matter went to trial. A verdict is due to be delivered in her case next month.