A Pottsville man has been sentenced to two years’ jail on being found guilty of aggravated cruelty to an animal after 25 ponies were found dead near a New England truck stop.
Glen Innes Local Court found Shane Jason Dean, 39, guilty on 25 counts.
Mr Dean had been attempting to transport the animals in a furniture truck but lack of ventilation in the back of the vehicle killed them.
He then tried to dispose of them near a truck stop south of Glen Innes but they were spotted and he was charged soon after.
Mr Dean will be eligible for parole after six months.