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(Before the Mayor and Mr Alfred - Harrison J.P.) Cruelty To Animals.—James Coughey and William Brown were charged with having worked three draught horses, while they were suffering from sore shoulders. The offence was alleged to have been committed on the Buccleuch estate, Coughey having a contract from the proprietor of the estate, and the animals were brought clown as evidence against the accused, and tethered m the Courtyard. They were m poor condition, and showed two or three ugly raw sores on the tops of the shoulders just under the collar. • Constable Morgan gave evidence as to the working of the horses by accused, and the men's arrest the previous night at Mount Somers. Brown, who is a lad of seventeen or eighteen, said he was working for Coughey, and had told his employer about the horses' shoulders, but had gone on working. Ooughey said h& had had a good many bills to pay, and was pushing on with the contract so that he could earn enough to meet his liabilities. The Bench said Brown would be dismissed, but warned him that being an employee did not save him from punishment when found guEty of working horses m the condition of those m question —even at the bidding of an employer. A man who worked horses with sore, shoulders, or overworked them, or was cruel to them m any way, was equally guilty with his employer; bub under present circumstances, and considering Brown's youth, he would be dismissed, and it was to be hoped his appearance before the Court, would be a warning to him and others. Coughey was fined £5, with all costs, and ,an order was made that the horses were not to be worked until restored to a fit state of health for work. Coughey asked for a week's grace to raise the amount of his fine and costs. The Bench said that was a matter for the police, and the Sergeant, m consideration of Coughey being a married man, gave him seven days' grace. The Court then rose.

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MAGISTERIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2522, 19 September 1890

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MAGISTERIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2522, 19 September 1890

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