Man banned from keeping animals for life

Man banned from keeping animals for life

A man from Leigh has been jailed for 12 weeks and banned from keeping animals for life after admitting five allegations relating to horses under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

 He had already pleaded guilty to (1.) causing unnecessary suffering to a grey Arab type colt called ‘Gandor’, a bay Arab type stallion called ‘Solo’, a bay Arab type stallion called ‘Palace’ and a grey Arab type stallion called ‘Orion’ by failing to address the causes of their poor body condition and weight loss; (2.) causing unnecessary suffering to the four horses by failing to provide proper and necessary hoof care and maintenance; (3.) causing unnecessary suffering to ‘Gandor’ and ‘Solo’ by failing to provide proper and necessary vet care for their wounds; (4.) failing to meet the needs of the four horses and a further, fifth horse, a Palomino Welsh type A cob pony called ‘Martie’, by failing to meet their need for a suitable diet and (5.) failing to meet the needs of all five horses by failing to meet their need for an appropriate diet.

The horses – were all living in stables at Nel Pan Lane, Leigh when the offences took place. The RSPCA visited on 12 June 2012 after a call about a collapsed foal in a stable.

RSPCA inspector Melissa Furey said: “When I looked over the door of the ramshackle stable ‘Gandor’ was standing but was underweight, weak and covered in faeces. Whilst waiting for a vet to arrive I examined the other horses. The environment was squalid, filthy, smelly, too small and completely inappropriate. There was no hay, water or fresh bedding provided. Some of the horses were underweight with overgrown hooves and some of the stable doors had actually been nailed shut.  I was totally disgusted with what I saw.”

A further 17 horses, which were all in a normal body condition, were grazing in a field outside.

All 22 horses were signed over to the RSPCA. ‘Orion’ was put to sleep on vet advice as he was suffering from chronic laminitis but the others have been rehomed.

“These horses were completely reliant on Mr Brennan and he failed them badly. They were trapped in these stables, in three feet of faeces with no food or water and no way out,” said inspector Furey.

Mr Brennan has lodged an appeal against the sentence.

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