A man in Sheffield, Britain, has been banned from keeping all equines for five years after a mare and foal that he owned were found in an emaciated condition by a charity’s field officer.
Andrew Willoughby, 34, of Kiveton Park, in Red Hill, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service at Rotherham Magistrates Court. He was ordered to pay £500 costs and a £70 fine after pleading guilty to the charges brought against him by the RSPCA.
He was accused of causing unnecessary suffering to protected animals.
Willoughby was disqualified from keeping all equines for five years because the condition of the two horses removed from a smallholding in Todwick, was so poor.
He had originally denied ownership of the mare and pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea to guilty before the trial took place.
The seven-year-old 15-hand mare, Dollar, and her six-month-old piebald filly foal, Tweddle, were found at the beginning of this year by World Horse Welfare Field Officer Rachel Andrews.
Andrews made several visits to keep an eye on the condition of another three horses owned by Willoughby, which had been reported to have slightly overgrown hooves, but found the two emaciated horses at a different nearby location.
Dollar and Tweddle were extremely thin, with lice and a possible worm burden. Both animals were assessed by a vet and deemed to be suffering under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act.
They were subsequently removed into the care of World Horse Welfare earlier this year.
Dollar was officially signed over to the care of the charity before the hearing. A confiscation order concerning the filly called Tweddle was awarded at the time of sentencing, on 23rd October.
Tweddle will now be signed over by the RSPCA to World Horse Welfare.
After the sentencing, Andrews said: “I am very satisfied with the outcome and I am pleased that the seriousness of the case has been highlighted.
“Dollar and Tweddle have already improved almost beyond recognition under the care of World Horse Welfare’s staff at Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Norfolk.
“Dollar and Tweddle will remain at Hall Farm for further rehabilitation and when ready, will be rehomed to begin a new chapter of their life.”
RSPCA inspector Lynsey Harris, said: “We are pleased that we have been able to work closely with World Horse Welfare on this case and that Dollar and Tweddle have improved so much whilst in their care.”