A LICENSED stable hand is one of three people charged with animal cruelty, over the alleged mistreatment of a thoroughbred mare at a property west of Brisbane.
Detectives from the Racing Crime Squad and the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) found the “severely underweight and neglected” horse during a search in the Ipswich rural suburb of Pine Mountain on October 4.
In a release issued by Queensland Police on Tuesday, it’s explained that the search was prompted by a tip-off from the public.
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“The 4-year-old retired racehorse was inspected at the property… following information provided to the QRIC by a member of the public and was found to be severely underweight and neglected,” the statement explains.
Three people – a 20-year woman, a 48-year old man and a 51-year old woman – have been charged with animal cruelty to face court in November.
“One of the men charged is the registered owner of the thoroughbred, and also a licensed stable hand.
“It is further alleged that during investigations into the welfare of the thoroughbred, the QIRC received information from a person falsely claiming to be the registered owner.
“This resulted in a 33-year old female licensed stable hand being charged with the offence of giving false or misleading information to an authorised officer under the Racing Integrity Act 2016.”
She is also due to front court.