#TheList Jane Elizabeth Hunt, aged 52, of Staddle Stones, Welcombe, Bideford, Devon EX39 – caused unnecessary suffering to thoroughbred mare Polly by failing to treat her weight loss and hoof abscess
Hunt appeared at North Devon Magistrates’ Court in Barnstaple on Friday 3/8/2018.
She was found guilty on two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
The first count stated that Hunt had “failed to explore and address the cause of her poor bodily condition”.
The second count specified that she “failed to seek appropriate professional veterinary care for an abscess”.
The court ordered that Hunt should be “deprived ownership” of Polly under section 33 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
However, no order was made to disqualify Hunt from owning horses because “the other horses appear to be in good condition”.
Following the case Torridge District Council have apparently instructed Hunt to close her equestrian business Welcombe Equine on the grounds that this was unlicensed and uninsured.
Sentencing: total of £835 costs and charges; 100 hours of unpaid community work within the next 12 months. No ban.