Blackpool couple banned from keeping horses

Blackpool couple banned from keeping horses

IMAGE FROM THE RSPCA

The defendants appeared before the town's magistrates court for sentencing on Wednesday, 20 February.

At a hearing earlier this month they pleaded guilty to:

  1. Causing unnecessary suffering to six horses by failing to investigate and address the causes of their poor body condition and weight loss.
  2. Failing to meet the needs of eight horses by failing to protect them from pain, suffering, injury or disease by failing to provide internal parasite treatment.
  3. Failing to meet the needs of eight horses by failing to protect them from pain, suffering, injury or disease by failing to ensure they received adequate and appropriate hoof care and
  4. Failing to meet the needs of eight horses by failing to provide a suitable environment.

All of the horses were kept in a field on Skippool Road, Thornton in July and August 2012. RSPCA Inspector Mandi Taylor said:

This was a very frustrating case for all involved. These horses were moved from several previous locations before eventually turning up at Skippool Road, which was equally unsuitable due to hazards like ragwort and the lack of grazing. 

We tried really hard to work with the defendants but they continued to ignore our advice until eventually the condition of the horses deteriorated and they were removed. 

They had chance after chance but didn’t take them.

The horses were taken into possession by police on veterinary advice and placed in the care of the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare on Tuesday, 21 August 2012.

Inspector Taylor said: "The ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of the horses show what a difference being wormed and fed enough of the right things makes. That’s all they needed."

 Three of the horses are in RSPCA care, a fourth had to be put to sleep on veterinary advice. The remaining four horses are at World Horse Welfare. One of the remaining horses, Storm, is already available for rehoming and the others will be in due course.

 As well as being banned from keeping horses for 10 years the female defendant was given an 18 month supervision order and the male defendant was given a 12 month supervision order with 150 hours of unpaid work.

They were deprived of the three horses not already signed over to the charities and ordered to pay £1,000 costs each at £10 a week.

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