A farmer faces a possible prison sentence and ban from farming after admitting his inaction caused the death of hundreds of sheep and widespread suffering.
The story says the Ministry of Primary Industries was alerted by an anonymous tip-off which means someone noticed something and did the right thing even if it was far too late for too many animals.
There’s no mention of family or neighbours and it’s possible there was no-one close.
But neglect like this doesn’t happen overnight.
Even though it’s not like it used to be in the country where everyone knew their neighbours well, farmers still usually have an idea of what’s going on over other people’s fences.
How could the situation get so bad without someone seeing something amiss and doing something sooner?