Man fined for leaving animal injured, in pain

Last updated 05:00 04/09/2013

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A man who left an injured deer in a pen with 14 others was fined $1000 when he appeared in the Invercargill District Court yesterday.

Regan Owen Sanford appeared before Judge Gary MacAskill in the Invercargill District Court yesterday and admitted failing to ensure an animal received treatment to alleviate unnecessary pain or distress on March 17.

Lawyer Sarah McKenzie, who appeared on behalf of the Ministry for Primary Industries, said the company Sanford worked for, Te Anau Bulk Haulage Ltd, was contracted to take 90 deer to Invercargill.

While being unloaded, one of the deer turned while walking down the main raceway and ran back towards the truck. The deer dislocated its right and left rear hocks, she said.

Sanford then kicked the injured deer six times attempting to move it down the raceway, Ms McKenzie said.

Sanford penned the injured deer with 14 other deer from the herd and left, making no attempt to contact anyone. The deer was later put down.

Judge MacAskill accepted Sanford did not cause the injury but caused suffering to the deer because he did not attend to it in the way he should have.

Defence lawyer Bill Dawkins said Sanford did not handle the situation correctly.

The deer's suffering was not caused by Sanford, he said.

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