RSPCA clears ranch


THE RSPCA will not be laying charges against the Ace-Hi ranch in Boneo, which was raided by inspectors in May.

As reported in The News, the RSPCA visited the Boneo Rd property amid claims by a former manager of under-feeding and overworking of horses.

At the time, the RSPCA said it had investigated “a number of welfare concerns at Ace-Hi in the past decade” as well as more recent reports raising concerns for the welfare of horses on the property. The officers left without laying charges and have now ended their investigation.

On Friday RSPCA Victoria released a statement confirming that the investigations did not reveal any issues which would meet the threshold for prosecution under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

The statement said Ace Hi Riding Ranch had complied with the recommendations of a qualified equine veterinarian and had “been provided with advice on the care and welfare of horses”.

First published in the Mornington News – 18 October 2016


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