Court throws out RSPCA cruelty claim

AAP, The Australian, Dec 19, 2011

ALLEGATIONS of animal cruelty by the head of the RSPCA have been dismissed by a Sydney court.

RSPCA president Dr Peter Wright was accused of acts of cruelty and aggravated cruelty on a horse while performing veterinary dental work at Goulburn in NSW in July.

The allegations were made by Gary Young, who appeared today in Downing Centre Local Court and asked that the matter be adjourned to a later date.

But the court heard neither the RSPCA nor police would bring charges against Dr Wright over the complaint.

The matter would then require permission from NSW Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson to proceed.

Mr Young told the court he had written to the minister but she had not responded by today’s court appearance.

Mr Wright did not appear in court but was represented by counsel.

Magistrate Dennis Burdett dismissed the matter, saying it was outside his jurisdiction.

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