A Victorian woman has been slapped with a $1,652 fine for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules by travelling 13km to feed her pet horse.
Karen Evans, of Ferntree Gully, was issued an infringement notice for delivering food to her 16-year-old horse Lily after stage three restrictions were reimposed in parts of the state.
Stay-at-home orders were placed on residents in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11.59pm Wednesday in a bid to stem the second wave of COVID-19 surging through the city.
The reimposed measure means residents are only permitted to leave home for work, exercise, medical care or to buy essential supplies.
Ms Evans said she pulled over returning home, but the officer told her she had an insufficient excuse to leave the house.
‘I said I’ve got no-one else to feed my horse for me,’ Ms Evans told 7NEWS.
‘So, he’s just like well you do understand I have to fine you.
‘I said this is ridiculous you can’t fine me for caregiving just because she’s not a human being.’
Ms Evans said she was angered by the incident believes that power was getting the heads of some members of the police force.
It is not the first time Victoria police have issued questionable coronavirus-related fines.
During the first lockdown, officers withdrew fines for a 16-year old learner driver in the car with her mother and a man washing his car.
The following month, In May, Victorian police officers were told to use ‘increased discretion’ and get permission first from supervisors after the state raked in almost $5million from residents deemed to be ‘breaking the rules’.
Ms Evans was fined for travelling 13km to feed her 16-year-old horse Lily (pictured)