Farmer fined for ill-treating cow with cancer

A farmer has been fined $2800 for ill-treating a dairy cow with cancer at his Waikato farm.

Anthony John Hall was sentenced in the Morrinsville District Court yesterday after earlier pleading to guilty to one charge laid by the Ministry for Primary Industries under the Animal Welfare Act.

He was also ordered to pay court costs of $132.89.

The cow had an advanced case of bovine ocular squamous cell carcinoma, commonly known as "cancer eye".

It should have received veterinary treatment well before the advanced stages of the condition and had suffered unreasonable and unnecessary pain and distress as a result, MPI said.

- APNZ

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