Court bans woman from owning horses Posted Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:39pm AEST Map: Geraldton 6530 The RSPCA has welcomed a Geraldton magistrate's decision to permanently ban a woman convicted of animal cruelty from owning horses. a woman was found guilty yesterday of failing to provide five horses with enough food and failing to take reasonable steps to alleviate the harm and suffering of a goose. she was fined $4,000 and ordered to pay the RSPCA more than $27,000 in costs associated with rehabilitating the animals. The society's Tim Mayne says the penalty sends a clear message to would-be offenders. "The court was shocked to hear the condition of the horses, as would anyone who's owned horses or animals," he said. "The handing out of this sentence is a clear message to people that if they're going to own animals, they have a clear responsibility to take care of them, feed them properly and not neglect them." Outside the court, she insisted she had done nothing wrong and said she was disappointed at the decision. "I fed my horses and my gander, I love my animals, I've got no life without my animals, they are my life," she said.