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SPCA in hot water over FB posts

Conducting a trial via social media can get you in hot water as the local SPCA heard on Thursday during the court proceedings against Angie O’Donell.

Over the last two years around 28 animals were removed from O’Donell’s care by the animal welfare organisation. The Hopefielder faces several counts of animal cruelty brought by the SPCA.

O’Donell pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In court on Thursday 30 August O’Donell’s lawyer, Nigel Samuels, argued the SPCA was infringing on her privacy by putting photographs and information about the on-going case against her on their social media platforms as the organisation gives regular updates on the court proceedings via its Facebook page.

The magistrate told O’Donell although the court cannot control what the organisation publishes on its social media, she did warn Collete Mang, of the local SPCA branch, that sharing information pertaining to the court case could lead to a “trial by social media”. She advised the SPCA team not to post any specific detail about the case or O’Donell’s photograph on social media, as O’Donell claims she is being victimised because of the posts on Facebook.

The trial will resume on Friday 19 October and Wednesday 30 October in the Hopefield magistrates’ court.

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