The RSPCA has charged a Victorian woman with more than 60 animal cruelty offences relating to the alleged mistreatment of dozens of horses and cats on a property east of Ararat.
The Ballarat Magistrates Court on Thursday heard a forensic entomologist had found a "large number of dead horses" on the rural property at Warrak in what appeared to be a "mass grave".
Christine Weisheit, 64, is accused of failing to provide a group of 82 ponies and horses that were confined in a paddock with proper and sufficient food, and also failing to provide them with appropriate parasite control, dental care and basic husbandry.
Ms Weisheit is also charged with other offences relating to 25 individual horses, including that they were not provided with appropriate veterinary treatment, and that some were not provided with enough food.
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Article written by: Christopher Testa