A British woman has been banned from keeping horses for life over her neglect of two horses named Sam and Polly.
British RSPCA chief inspector Rob Hartley said of the case involving Rachel Hall, 25: “I was absolutely appalled by the level of neglect I found.
“This was a particularly nasty case where the suffering of the horses was completely unnecessary and the owner was guilty of severe neglect.
“These horses had not been receiving any care at all and had basically been completely ignored.”
Hall, of Rosedale, Houghton Regis, near Dunstable in Bedfordshire, was sentenced in Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court last Friday after earlier admitting causing unnecessary suffering to Sam, a bay geldling, and Polly, a bay mare.
Hall was found to have failed to address problems of poor body condition and weight loss, provide a suitable environment, diet and fresh water, and meet their needs for reasonable daily care and supervision.
Hall was given an eight-week custody order suspended for 12 months, a 12-month supervision order, was ordered to undertake 80 hours of unpaid work, and made to pay £2000 in costs, plus an £80 victim surcharge.
The RSPCA was called in November 2013 after concern about Sam and Polly, who were kept in a field in Church Road, upper Sundon. Inspectors arrived to find Sam already dead.
Both horses were extremely emaciated with poor grazing and no evidence of supplementary feeding or access to water.
Polly was seized at the scene by the police and taken into RSPCA care. She was then passed to another charity, but later died from ill health.
Hartley said: “I am very happy that the seriousness of this case has been reflected in the sentence handed down by the Magistrates.”