A 73-year-old NSW 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.
Ms Marney, from Tuncurry on the mid-north coast, 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.
Asked what she thought of the charges, she said: "Shocked. I can't believe it. Everyone in the area knows me. All the vets know me. Things have got out of hand. There was no cruelty."
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Ms Marney said she was only trying to help a pelican which had a hook in its wing when police were called.
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.
She let the injured animal go as police approached and a later search of her home allegedly found extensive evidence of animal torture.
A mobile phone seized from the home allegedly contained photos and videos of mutilated animals, including a dog and rabbit.
Police also found a caged magpie that had had its beak cut off. The bird was taken to a vet and euthanised.
Police say Ms Marney would take the animals, which she had allegedly mutilated over an extended period, to the vet to be euthanised, claiming to have found them.