Scottish woman awaits sentence over pony’s neglect

| 25 April 2012 10:03 am
Smudge's owned faces sentencing after admitting neglecting the 10-year-old.

Smudge's owned faces sentencing after admitting neglecting the 10-year-old.

A Scottish woman is awaiting sentence after admitting neglecting her Shetland pony, Smudge, who was euthanised on veterinary advice.

Martha Balmain, 70, of  Thornton, Fife, pleaded guilty in Kirkcaldy Sheriff’s Court on Monday to causing her pony unnecessary suffering, following a Scottish SPCA investigation.

Sentence has been deferred while background reports are obtained.

Balmain failed to provide veterinary treatment for her Smudge, 10, whose feet were so horrendously overgrown that he was effectively crippled, the SPCA said.

Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “This pony was caused a great deal of pain and suffering over a prolonged period of time.

“Unfortunately, the veterinary advice was the pony had developed a severe pedal bone rotation which was causing him extensive mobility problems.

“This made the possibility of Smudge ever making a full recovery nil, so the sad decision was taken by an equine vet to end his suffering and alleviate any further distress.

“It is now for the court to decide an appropriate punishment.”

Smudge's hooves

Smudge's hooves



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  1. Bella Harvey says:

    This makes me so angry how could anyone ever do this to their horse! The poor horse how could anyone let them suffer like that!!

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