A 73-year-old Tuncurry woman accused of torturing animals - including a magpie which had its beak cut off - says she is shocked to have been charged.
Brenda Dorothy Marney claimed she had done nothing and it was all a misunderstanding before she appeared in Forster Local Court on Wednesday, May 22.
Ms Marney formally pleaded not guilty to a total of 10 charges, including committing acts of aggravated cruelty on a baby pelican and an adult pelican.
She is accused of inflicting pain on one pelican by crushing its left wing on her car boot; failing to provide vet treatment to an injured magpie; not having a licence to keep wildlife at her Tuncurry home; and possessing protected animals - namely two magpies and one rainbow lorikeet.
Outside court before her matter was mentioned, Ms Marney said she had done nothing wrong.
She refused to comment upon leaving court after getting legal advice.
She remains on strict bail with magistrate Ross Hudson adjourning the case to July 9.
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