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Kim Hollingsworth banned from owning horses, ordered to pay $600,000 in court case

07/07/2019 / by admin

Skin and bones: The poor condition of one of the horses seized by the RSPCA. The magistrate described the images as “powerful and compelling” evidence. Former prostitute and NSW Police traineeKim Hollingsworthhas been banned from owning horses fortwo years and ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in costsafter a Wollongong magistrate found her guilty of animal neglect.
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In the spotlight: Kim Hollingsworth pictured in 2006 during her unfair dismissal court case against the NSW Police. Picture: Peter Rae.

Hollingsworth, whosestory from KingsCross stripper to police traineewas portrayed in the Channel Nine seriesUnderbelly: The Golden Mile, was this week convicted of three charges relating to 27 malnourished and diseased horse seized by the RSPCA in 2014 from rented properties at Oakdale, Cobbitty and Wilton.

Veterinarians who inspected the horsesfound each of the animals wasseverely underweight due to a lack of sufficient food for at least two months.

They also discovered a litany of other medical issues including internal worms, excessively long hooves, (making it difficult to walk) and variousskin conditions.

Kim Hollingsworth banned from owning horses Horse 1 when it was seized by the RSPCA.

Horse 1 when it was seized by the RSPCA.

Horse 1 after being nursed back to health by the RSPCA.

Horse 1 after being nursed back to health by the RSPCA.

Horse 2 when it was seized by the RSPCA.

Horse 3 when it was seized by the RSPCA.

Horse 2 when it was seized by the RSPCA.

Horse 3 after being nursed back to health by the RSPCA.

Horse 3 after being nursed back to health by the RSPCA.

Horse 4 when it was seized by the RSPCA.

Horse 4 when it was seized by the RSPCA.

Horse 4 when it was seized by the RSPCA.

Horse 4 after being nursed back to health by the RSPCA.

Horse 4 after being nursed back to health by the RSPCA.

Horse 4 after being nursed back to health by the RSPCA.

Horse 5 when it was seized by the RSPCA.

Horse 5 when it was seized by the RSPCA.

Horse 5 after being nursed back to health by the RSPCA.

Horse 5 after being nursed back to health by the RSPCA.

TweetFacebook WARNING: readers may find some images distressingHollingsworth contested theallegations in a lengthy court hearing, arguing she had entrusted the feeding of the horses to others who had apparently not carried out her instructionsas directed.

However Magistrate Mark Douglass found Hollingsowrthguilty, saying she had ultimately been responsible for the animals.

Shepreviously told the court the horses had been her“saviour” after suffering from post traumatic stress following her ordeal with the police force.

In sentencing proceedings conducted in Wollongong Local Court this week, Magistrate Douglasssaid the case against Hollingsworthhad been“overwhelming” and described aseries of photographs depicting the poor state of the horses as“powerful and compelling”.

“The court was disturbed by the level of suffering these horses were exposed to by the …lack of treatment and lack of care,” he said.

“[The evidence shows] there was just simply not enough feed and the horses were not fed every day.

“The causal link between poor maintenance,poor diet,poor feed and subsequent infestation wasthe responsibility of Ms Hollingsworth.

“There’s no basis for concluding that the condition Ms Hollingsworth’s horses found themselves in had anything to do with other than her lack of sufficient care in relation to providing vet treatment and feed.”

Magistrate Douglass foundHollingsworth’s negligencewas so serioushe banned her fromowning any horses fortwo years, and ordered that those still in her possession be sold or given awayimmediately.

He also ordered Hollingsworth pay the RSPCA $122,931 in legal fees and $484,148 to cover the cost ofveterinary care, feed and boarding for the seized horses.

– Illawarra Mercury

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