Get Wild mobile zoo owner cleared of animal cruelty charges

A Macarthur-based mobile zoo operator accused of animal cruelty has been cleared of any wrongdoing, with the case dismissed in Cambelltown Court on Thursday morning.

Daniel Brighton, the owner of Get Wild Pty Ltd, plead not guilty in August to charges of failing to provide veterinary treatment and sufficient food to an alpaca, two chickens and a kookaburra.

RSPCA NSW officers and a veterinarian seized the four animals from Mr Brighton’s Minto Heights property in August 2017.

The matter had been listed for a two-day hearing in Campbelltown Court on Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30.

However, the RSPCA withdrew all charges levelled against Mr Brighton under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Act before evidence began on Thursday morning.

Mr Brighton welcomed the decision and said the right outcome had been achieved.

“We always felt the allegations against us were unfair and we vigorously defended all charges and our reputation,’’ he said.

Mr Brighton declined to criticise the RSPCA or its staff.

“The work the RSPCA and other animal welfare groups do in the community is incredibly important to ensure that animals are properly cared for, animal owners are educated and that people who are maliciously cruel to animals are prosecuted,” Mr Brighton said.

 Diablo the marmoset

Diablo the marmoset

“Unfortunately, on this occasion they got it wrong and I am glad that we have been cleared of any wrong doing.​” 

Mr Brighton said he looked forward to working alongside animal welfare agencies in the future.

On this occasion the RSPCA got it wrong and I am glad that we have been cleared of any wrong doing.

Daniel Brighton

“I would encourage everyone to continue to support the important work of animal welfare organisations such as the RSPCA, AWL and Animal Care Australia,’’ he said.

Get Wild is a mobile zoo which promotes immersive animal experiences.

A popular attraction at both school and community events throughout Macarthur, Get Wild has farm animals, reptiles, birds, exotic mammals, spiders and other creepy crawlies.

The zoo keeps snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodiles, birds including macaws, cockatoos, parrots, kookaburras and owls, mammals such as possums, sugar gliders, rodents and monkeys as well as a large collection of domestic farm animals.

Mr Brighton says the zoo strives to be an ambassador for wildlife conservation.

“We believe making wildlife conservation fun and exciting through touching, feeling, smelling and seeing animals close up, will inspire people to want to help animals in their natural habitat,” Mr Brighton said.