Horse owner fined

Horse owner fined

A horse owner has been given a community sentence and £4,000 costs in after admitting to several offences in relation to his piebald pony.

The 49-year-old, of Alfreton Road, Codnor, was told he must carry out 100 hours of community work and pay £4,077 costs to the RSPCA, who brought the case to court.

Tracy Gaskin admitted failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the needs of an animal for which he was responsible, failure to have a horse passport and three counts of allowing his horses to stray on roads around Ripley in September and October.

At a hearing on February 14, Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard that the horse had been found with injuries to its neck when it was tethered in a field off Whiteley Road, Ripley, in October.

Magistrates allowed Mr Gaskin to keep the horse after he said the injury was caused by someone tampering with its tether.

Magistrates did not ban him from keeping animals as he has tended horses since he was a child and sells them for a living.

PC Anna Welberry, of Codnor and Waingroves Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We take animal welfare very seriously and will seek to work with the RSPCA to bring people to court if offences like these are committed.”