Sunderland man convicted but where is Raspy?

Sunderland man convicted but where is Raspy?

A man from Sunderland has been convicted of allowing a horse to suffer but the horse’s whereabouts are still unknown.

Glen Foot, of Marley Crescent, appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on 29th January having been convicted of three offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in his absence earlier in the month.

He was convicted of one count of causing unnecessary suffering to ‘Raspy’, one of failing to meet the horse’s needs and a third count of obstructing a police officer.

The RSPCA attended a grassy area off Wembley Road in Sunderland on 29th August last year after concerns were raised for a tethered horse. One of the callers described the horse as having a ‘tar-like substance’ on his head and being surrounded by flies.

RSPCA inspector Rowena Proctor said: “When I approached Raspy, I could see hundreds of flies surrounding him and was very concerned. There was a horrendous smell of infection. I could see the tar-like substance that had been mentioned and it appeared to be dried blood. I thought immediately that the horse may have an embedded head collar.”

Raspy was in fact wearing not one but two headcollars which were embedded into his skin. 

When the horse was taken into possession by police for removal into RSPCA care, he was ridden away with Raspy’s owner, Foot, holding his lead rope. Efforts to find them were unsuccessful.

PC Peter Baker, of Northumbria Police, said: “We are a nation of animal lovers so it is never nice to deal with cases like this that involves unnecessary suffering and pain. The horse suffered a deep cut from his head collar, but when confronted by police and the RSPCA, the owner refused to cooperate and would not disclose the location of the injured animal.

“I am pleased that Glenn Foot has now had his day in court, and I hope this prosecution sends a message to owners that they are responsible for looking after their animals and ensuring they are protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.”

Sentencing of Glenn Foot is due to follow at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.