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Fine and ban for neglecting mare, 19

Sapphire's condition when the Scottish SPCA launched its inquiry into her care. Photos: Scottish SPCA

Sapphire’s condition when the Scottish SPCA launched its inquiry into her care. Photos: Scottish SPCA

A woman in Scotland who allowed her 19-year-old chestnut mare named Sapphire to become severely emaciated has been convicted following an animal welfare investigation.

Lynn White, 32, of Falkirk, was sentenced at the town’s sheriff court on Wednesday.

At a previous court appearance, White pleaded guilty to causing Sapphire unnecessary suffering by failing to provide an adequate diet or veterinary attention, contrary to the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

White was banned from owning horses for a year and fined £200.

Scottish SPCA Inspector Leanne McPake, commenting on the investigation and court case, said: “Even with two rugs on, it was clear Sapphire was very underweight.

“When we removed her rugs we were shocked by her emaciated state. Sapphire was so thin that her ribs, spine and pelvic bone were clearly visible.

Sapphire has recovered in the care of the Scottish SPCA and is now in need of a new home.

Sapphire has recovered in the care of the Scottish SPCA and is now in need of a new home.

“The rugs she had been wearing were also wet and ripped and they had started rubbing against her withers, resulting in hair loss and exposed skin.

“Thankfully, Sapphire has made a tremendous recovery and is now ready to find a loving new home with an owner who will give her the care she deserves.”

Sapphire is currently at the SPCA’s Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre, in Drumoak, and staff are keen to hear from anyone interested in offering her a fresh start.

Centre manager Graeme Innes said: “Sapphire may be 20 years old but to her age is just a number and she certainly doesn’t act like a pensioner.

“She’s a sweet girl who loves a pamper, but she doesn’t suffer fools lightly and if given the chance can be a bit of a cheeky madam, so confidence is key.

“Sapphire is a little stiff in her hocks so we are looking for a companion only home at present.

“It would be wonderful to find Sapphire somewhere nice to live out her golden years after all she’s been through.”

Got a home for Sapphire? Call the Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre on 03000 999 999.

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