51-year old Shearer jailed for killing Lamb with Shears

51-year old Shearer jailed for killing Lamb with Shears

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A 51-year old man who is a shearing contractor was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment at the Alexandra District Court yesterday afternoon.

His name is Christopher John Tredinnick — he was previously disqualified from exercising authority over or being the person in charge of any animal for a period of around two years. He was remanded in custody and given leave to apply for home detention.

The man repeatedly struck a lamb causing its death. The offending took place in February of this year while he was shearing a lamb at a farm in Oxford, North Canterbury.


The lamb was struggling, and Mr Tredinnick’s shears broke, he then reacted by hitting the lamb in the eye which the tension knob of his shears which resulted in the eye socket fracturing. He then put the lamb back in the holding pen, only returning later to hit the lamb again, which fractured its skull — the lamb died from its injuries.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Animal Welfare Investigators went to Mr Tredinnick’s address. They recovered the remains, and a post-mortem later revealed that multiple fractures to its skull meant that it would have suffered a large amount of pain and distress before it died.

MPI’s National Manager of Animal Welfare Gray Harrison says Mr Tredinnick‘s actions were appalling.

“He deliberately caused this lamb to suffer, and he tried to hide that fact. Animals need and deserve to be treated with respect, and Mr Tredinnick fell well short of those expectations.

“This kind of offending by shearers is unusual. The majority are professional and do the right thing. However, our message for those who deliberately cause this kind of suffering is clear – we will investigate and place them before the court.”

Christopher John Tredinnick previously pleaded guilty to one Animal Welfare Act Charge — wilful ill-treatment of a lamb.


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