A British man has been jailed for 12 weeks following the discovery of horses kept in conditions described by a British RSPCA inspector as squalid, filthy and smelly.
Stabled animals were found in up to three foot of dung.
Alan Brennan, 49, from Leigh, was jailed for 12 weeks and banned from keeping animals for life when he appeared for sentence on Thursday in Wigan Magistrates Court. He had earlier admitted five charges under the Animal Welfare Act.
- 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.
- Causing unnecessary suffering to the four horses by failing to provide proper and necessary hoof care and maintenance.
- Causing unnecessary suffering to Gandor and Solo by failing to provide proper and necessary vet care for their wounds.
- Failing to meet the needs of the four horses and a further, fifth horse, a Palomino Welsh cob type called Martie, by failing to meet their need for a suitable diet.
- 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, in Leigh, when the offences took place.
The RSPCA visited on June 12 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 euthanised on veterinary advice as he was suffering from chronic laminitis, but the others were rehomed.
“These horses were completely reliant on Mr Brennan and he failed them badly,” Furey said. “They were trapped in these stables, in three feet of faeces with no food or water and no way out.”
Brennan has lodged an appeal against the sentence.