A woman in Wales has received a suspended prison sentence and a 10-year ban over the poor care of two horses found in heavily soiled stables.
Lindsay Rebecca Morgan, 43, an equine course builder of Haverfordwest, was found guilty of eight offences, including causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the welfare needs of a bay horse and a chestnut horse. Her conviction followed a day-long trial at Haverfordwest magistrates on April 9.
Last October, an RSPCA inspector responded to a complaint about the welfare of horses being stabled in a barn at Treffgarne.
Inspector Keith Hogben was immediately concerned about the welfare of two horses and the conditions in which they were being kept.
An independent vet was called to examine them and said both horses were suffering and needed to be removed from the location.
The police were called and with their help the horses were taken into the care of the RSPCA.
“These horses were being kept in a disgusting state and had been suffering for a long period of time,” Hogben said.
“The bay stallion was emaciated with his hips, spine and ribs clearly visible. The chestnut mare was very weak and appeared to be suffering from a leg injury.
“There was a large amount of faeces in the barn and the bedding was saturated with urine, it had obviously not been cleaned out for some time. In places the soiled bedding measured up to 11 inches and fresh bedding had simply been thrown on top. The most basic needs of these horses were not being met.”
The bay horse was euthanised on veterinary advice after he failed to respond to treatment.
On Tuesday, Morgan was sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years. She was also ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.
She was ordered to sign the chestnut horse over to the RSPCA for rehoming and pay £6289.54 in prosecution costs, along with an £80 victim surcharge. She was disqualified from keeping equines for 10 years and and not allowed to appeal that disqualification for five years.
The RSPCA says its equine resources are stretched to breaking point, with about 125 places at its equine centres but more than 800 horses in its care.
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