A petting zoo has been found guilty of cruelty to animals and was fined $ 20,000 after a goat was found dead at a children's birthday party last year.
It is believed that the baby goat, who was less than six months old, died while in his pen at a Kindifarm party when he was discovered by an out-of-service RSPCA inspector.
The horrified man, who was attending the party with his daughter, notified an employee of Kindifarm, who placed the dead animal in a van before calling the RSPCA, The Daily Telegraph reported.
A petting zoo has been found guilty of cruelty to animals and was fined $ 20,000 after a goat (pictured) was found dead at a children's birthday party last year.
The father took pictures of the terrible conditions, which showed animals allegedly squeezed in pens, or running lost and unsupervised.
The mobile petting zoo is one of the few mobile zoos that, according to the company's website, "offers a zoo rental service for all occasions."
The website also states that the level of care for their animals, which includes piglets, calves, lambs, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs, has a grade of A grade.
The report also found that the dead baby goat had a large number of parasite eggs in its body at the time of death as well.
The pet mobile zoo (pictured) is one of the few mobile zoos that, according to the company's website, "offers pet zoo rentals for all occasions."
However, it is not the first time that the mobile petting zoo has been investigated for poor animal care, and the recent charges represent its third charge.
The publication previously reported that several other Kindifarm animals, including ducks, lambs and goats, were found severely malnourished and plagued by infections in 2017.
A goat was allegedly found so emaciated and afflicted as a result of untreated lung and intestinal infections that the RSPCA inspectors were forced to euthanize.
"The fact that the goat was in such physical condition was cruel to keep it alive," the Telegraph reported in court documents.
The website also states that the level of care for their animals (pictured) has a grade A rating
A spokesman for Kindifarm told Daily Mail Australia that the company is & # 39;deeply saddened by the death of a goat in our care & # 39;
"As illustrated in court documents, several independent experts who examined the goat agree that the death was sudden and most likely caused by coccidial disease that shows no clinical signs before it is fatal."
"As there were no signs of illness and the death was sudden, unfortunately, it could not be avoided."
"It should be noted that the prosecution withdrew 11 of its crimes, as for the only offense that remains, it faces a choice between a ten-day court case that could cause significant financial difficulties for the company or plead guilty, Kindifarm chose the latter .
"Kindifarm appreciates the continued support of our customers and remains committed to providing the best care for our animals," the spokesperson said.