Roberta Kirsten Adele Cleere, born 11/10/1977, of 72 Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne, Cornwall TR14 8RY – for the shocking mistreatment of several horses at her sanctuary, the Second Chance Horse Rescue Centre; breached her ban on having any involvement with equine animals within one year
In October 2016 Cleere was found guilty of four counts of causing unnecessary suffering to animals in her care after horses belonging to her were found with leg wounds, eye wounds, poor body condition and in a state of emaciation.
She was charged as follows:
1. Causing unnecessary suffering to a Shetland cob-type horse, called Prince, by failing to provide adequate veterinary and attention to a leg injury between 31/12/2015 and 9/1/2016
2. Causing unnecessary suffering to a Shetland cob-type horse, called Prince, by failing to provide adequate veterinary care for a problem with his eye between 5/1/2016 and 9/1/2016
3. Causing unnecessary suffering to two Shetland cob-type horses, called Beau and Jess, by failing to investigate and adequately treat the cause of their poor body condition between 2/12/2015 and 8/1/2016
4. Causing unnecessary suffering to a piebald cob-type horse, called Sampson, by failing to adequately investigate weight loss between 18/12/2015 and 10/2/2016
Prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, Kevin Withey told the court how Cleere ignored advice and warnings of the RSPCA and failed to properly look after the horses at her sanctuary.
The court was told how Cleere recently had eight horses which were now under the ownership of her then 17-year-old daughter Chandon Cleere, with two set to be rehomed within the coming months.
Original sentence (Oct 2016): 24 weeks in custody, suspended for two years; 100 hours of unpaid work; costs of £1250 plus victim surcharge. Banned from keeping horses for 10 years (expires October 2026).
For the breach of a suspended sentence Cleere was fined £300, and for the breach of the disqualification from involvement in horses she was given a four-week curfew, active seven days a week between 10pm and 6am. She must also pay court costs of £375 and an £85 victim surcharge.