An elderly woman accused of torturing and mutilating birds has insisted that she was not cruel to the animals because she stood in court for allegedly crushing the wing of a pelican in her car and mutilating a magpie.
Brenda Dorothy Marney, 73, is confronted with countless atrocities against animal abuse after the police attacked her home in Tuncurry, on the NSW north coast earlier this month.
Marney appeared in Foster Local Court on Wednesday, claiming she had done nothing and it was all a misunderstanding.
She formally pleaded guilty to a total of 10 indictments, including committing acts of aggravated cruelty against a baby pelican and an adult pelican.
Brenda Dorothy Marney, 73, is facing countless atrocities against animal abuse after police raided her home in Tuncurry, on the NSW north coast earlier this month
Brenda Marney is accused of torturing and mutilating birds (photos, birds at her home)
She is accused of inflicting pain on a pelican by crushing the left wing in her trunk; failure to provide veterinary treatment to an injured magpie; not have a permit to keep wildlife in her Tuncurry home; and the possession of protected animals – namely two magpies and a rainbow bird.
Out of court before her case was mentioned, Marney said she had done nothing wrong.
Asked what she thought of the charges, she said: & # 39; Shocked. I can not believe it. Everyone in the neighborhood knows me. All vets know me. Things have got out of hand. There was no cruelty. & # 39;
Marney said she was only trying to help a pelican who had a hook in his wing when the police were called.
She declined to comment on leaving the court after getting legal advice.
Police claim that Marney was seen by members of the public grabbed a pelican after feeding this fish and bundling it in its boot, slamming the lid on its wing on April 27.
She released the injured animal when the police approached and a later investigation of her home would have found extensive evidence of animal torture.
Marney appeared in Foster Local Court on Wednesday and claimed that she had done nothing and that the charges against her were the result of a misunderstanding
The Tuncurry boat ramp where the accused animal abuser Brenda Marney reportedly lured a pelican before pushing him into her car
Officers reportedly found a caged magpie without beak, and telephones with nauseating images and videos of animals that were mutilated in public places.
Police say Marney would take the animals, allegedly mutilating them for a long period of time, to the vet to be euthanized and claimed to have found them.
The pensioner claims that she only takes care of injured animals that she finds in Tuncurry and near Forster, where she is known by locals as the & # 39; bird lady & # 39 ;.
& # 39; This is a misunderstanding, I love animals and would never hurt them, I just care for them, ”she told Daily Mail Australia earlier this month.
& # 39; I have been caring for birds for forty years, when I see someone who is hurt or sick, I bring it home to feed and help. & # 39;
Marney formally pleaded guilty to a total of 10 indictments, including committing acts of aggravated cruelty against a baby pelican and an adult pelican
Marney is accused of gaining the trust of animals by feeding them before they bring them home and torture them for a long period of time.
Her house on a quiet street on the water had plastic sheets that covered all of her windows, with barbed wire chicken wire in front of them.
The approach to her front door was disguised by plastic sheeting with an improvised metal gate and barbed wire at the front.
A large birdhouse was visible through a narrow opening in the sheet and looked at the garage.
Marney is known in Tuncurry as the & # 39; bird lady & # 39; because she goes to the water every day to feed birds.
Marney said she had done nothing wrong when she appeared outside the court before her case was mentioned on Wednesday
She was also often seen at the local Woolworths who bought dog food and bananas to feed her menagerie at home.
Another time she threw a whole bucket of mussels she had just bought into the river to release them & # 39 ;.
Marney was also known for publicly shooting dead and injured animals. She was also known to scream a nearby people who accused them of hurting them and yelling at children who were chasing gulls.
Other residents said that she sometimes wore a protective mask in public.
Police started investigating Marney last year, but she was only arrested after the pelican incident.
She remains on a strict bail with magistrate Ross Hudson who adjourns the case until July 9.
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