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February 28, 2021

Man jailed over pony deaths

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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.


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