Category Archives: Equine abuse

Cruelty to horses, ponies and donkeys

Castle Bromwich, West Midlands: Wayne Horkan

#TheList sexual deviant Wayne Tarot Horkan, born 10/11/1970, of Chester Road, Castle Bromwich B36 9DP – filmed his partner having sex with a dog; collected almost 2,000 images and videos depicting bestiality involving horses and dogs

Pervert Wayne Horkan from Castle Bromwich got his kicks from watching sick bestiality videos showing horses and dogs
Pervert Wayne Horkan from Castle Bromwich got his kicks from watching sick bestiality videos showing horses and dogs

Company director Wayne Horkan admitted two charges of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Police found the businessman had downloaded 1,469 still images and 210 moving ones involving sexual acts with dogs and horses. He had also used particular search terms to look for this kind of pornography.

Mr Timothy Harrington, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said the material had been downloaded between April 2014 and April 2015.

He added: “Two of the videos, it was readily apparent, involved a woman with whom the defendant had been in a relationship with.”

He continued: “He admitted he got sexual gratification from these films and had watched them on a number of occasions.”

In passing sentence Judge Melbourne Inman QC said: “Between 2014 and 2015 you downloaded imagery which it is not necessary to detail again, which are abhorrent.

“Two of them involved a lady whom you were living with which is an aggravating feature.

“There is no suggestion at all this was anything other than consensual adult behaviour.”

He said he had taken into account the significant delay involved in the case and that there had been no repetition of the behaviour.

The judge said Horkan was an intelligent man who had lost “important” employment as a result of the offence but had since set up a company with a partner.

Lynette McClement, defending, said the defendant’s initial relationship with the woman had been a financial one although that had changed.

She said: “In the course of that relationship his interest in extreme pornography was limited to that timescale. This was a shared interest.”

She said the business he had embarked upon had every chance of being successful and employed 10 people.

Sentencing: fined fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £1,200 costs.

Birmingham Mail

Shepperton, Surrey: Maurice Smith

#TheList traveller and habitual criminal Maurice Smith, born c. 1988, of Hawthorn Way, Shepperton TW1 – subjected a horse to prolonged neglect and mistreatment

Traveller Maurice Smith from Shepperton, Surrey, subjected horse April to neglect and ill-treatment

Maurice Smith, who has a previous conviction for conning a 92-year-old woman out of her life savings, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Gypsy traveller Smith, formerly of Littleton Lane Caravan Park in Shepperton and a drug and alcohol abuser, was charged under the Animal Welfare Act after evidence emerged of how he had subjected the horse, named April, to prolonged neglect and ill-treatment, which had left her in extreme distress.

A number of witnesses initially contacted police in April 2018 to report that the horse was in distress. She had been left double rugged in temperatures of 24 degrees without shade and was sweating profusely.

Police attended the location and decided that April needed immediate medical care and seized her under the Animal Welfare Act.

After a full medical examination by a vet, April was found to be undernourished, with multiple sores, was wearing ill-fitting handmade shoes which were causing her foot pain, and was suffering from worms or a viral infection. The vet said that she had been subjected to poor management and undue suffering.

Smith was identified as April’s owner but initially denied that she belonged to him when he was interviewed. However, he later admitted that she was his and said that he had asked a vet to examine April and that she was being treated with antibiotics. However, he could not provide any details in relation to the treatment April received.

The court heard evidence from a number of witnesses in relation to the lack of care given to April, to which Smith was also unable to provide any explanation.

Investigating officer PC Chloe Hodgkinson said: “This was a complex investigation which took many months to bring to fruition.

“I was called to deal with the incident and was shocked by the pitiful state April was in. Due to her condition, I decided to seize her under the Animal Welfare Act so that she could immediately begin receiving the medical treatment that she needed.

“From speaking to a number of witnesses, it soon became apparent that April had been suffering over a prolonged period. I put a case together against her owner, Maurice Smith, which resulted in him being charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and being brought before the court last week.”

PC Hodgkinson added: “April has since received the care and treatment that she needed and is making a good recovery. I hope that this case will deter other owners from neglecting their animals and send a strong message that if you are caught, you will be dealt with.”

Sentencing: 12 month community order involving 120 hours of unpaid work; total of £485 costs and charges.

Surrey Police
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Stoke-on-Trent: Jordan Booth

#TheList Jordan Booth, born c. 1991, of Pemberton Drive, Meir Heath, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 7JU – allowed his horse to become so underweight he had to be put to sleep

Horse abuser Jordan Booth from Stoke-on-Trent and his victim Quahadi, who had to be put to sleep
Ab RSPCA inspect described Jordan Booth’s gelding, Quahadi, as the thinnest horse she had ever seen

Jordan Booth’s bay thoroughbred-type horse, named Quahadi, was described by RSPCA Inspector Charlotte Melvin as the thinnest she had ever seen. Sadly, despite vets’ efforts to save him the gelding had to be put down to end his suffering.

Booth pleaded guilty to three charges under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. These were that he failed to investigate the gelding’s weight issues between October and November 2018 and failed to provide adequate hoof care between July 2018 and November 2018. The third charge related to failing to provide adequate veterinary care for a skin problem between 13 November and 18 November 2018.

RSPCA Inspector Melvin attended a field in Coplow Avenue, Tean, in November 2018 after the charity received a call from a concerned member of the public.

Inspector Melvin immediately summoned a vet to assess Quahadi’s condition. The vet found the horse to be emaciated and suffering with an untreated skin condition on his legs. He had also not been provided with adequate hoof care for several months.

Police took possession of Quahadi and he was placed in the RSPCA’s care. Sadly, despite “great efforts” to save him, he collapsed the following day and the vets made the decision to put him down to “end his suffering”.

“I was so sad that Quahadi didn’t pull through, he was a very affectionate and sweet horse,” said Inspector Melvin.

“The only consolation is that he was warm and comfortable in a stable getting plenty of care during his last night, so at least I know he received some love and TLC before he sadly died.”

In mitigation the court heard Booth struggled with the gelding’s weight.

A second pony belonging to Booth was removed from the field by police and was signed into the charity’s care.

Sentencing: 12-week prison sentence suspended for two years; 240 hours of unpaid work and 15 rehabilitation days. Total of £515 costs and charges. Banned from keeping horses for five years.

Stoke Sentinel

Diss, Norfolk: Steven Peachey and Emma Benson

#TheList Steven Charles Peachey, born c. 1989, and Emma Benson, born c. 1984, both of Common Road, Diss, Norfolk – left pony Princess to become emaciated and riddled with lice

When rescued from owners Steven Peachey and Emma Benson, Princess was emaciated and her coat was ridden with lice
When rescued from owners Steven Peachey (inset) and Emma Benson, Princess was emaciated and her coat was ridden with lice

Princess was kept in the back garden of a house lived in by her neglectful owners Emma Benson and Steven Peachey.

But after visits from the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare the garden was found to be unsuitable for the horse who became very thin and suffered from scabs and lice while being kept at the address.

Appearing at Norwich Magistrates’ Court the pair pleaded guilty to two offences under the Animal Welfare Act including causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Jonathan Eales, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told the court the back garden where the horse was being kept was “completely muddy and entirely unsuitable”.

The court heard how, in 2017, the pair had twice been visited by Jonathan Jackson from World Horse Welfare who offered Benson and Peachey advice on how Princess should be cared for and arranged for a vet to visit.

Neglected pony Princess has thrived in the care of the RSPCA.
Neglected pony Princess has thrived in the care of the RSPCA.

Visiting the pair again in February 2018, Mr Jackson noted that by then “the horse was looking bad” and it was arranged for the RSPCA and Mr Jackson to return in March when, concerned that the horse was suffering, Princess was taken into the care of the RSPCA.

Mr Eales said: “A responsible owner should have recognised that this horse was suffering.”

Malcolm Plummer, mitigating, said Benson did ask for help to care for the horse and the case of Princess was one of “well intentioned but incompetent care”.

Adding that Benson suffered from serious mental health issues he said caring for Princess was “going some way in keeping her on the straight and narrow”.

Sentencing: Both Benson and Peachey were ordered to pay £500 in compensation to the RSPCA. They were banned from keeping horses for three years.


Batley, West Yorkshire: Chelsea France

#TheList Chelsea J France, born c. 1995, of Healey Street, Batley WF17 8BZ – allowed her rescue pony’s hooves to become painfully overgrown

Chelsea France, who is originally from Mirfield, failed to get treatment for rescue pony Rosie's overgrown hooves
Chelsea France, who is originally from Mirfield, failed to get treatment for rescue pony Rosie’s overgrown hooves

France pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

The court heard that France’s pony – a grey Welsh mare named Rosie – suffered pain and discomfort over a four month period.

France described Rosie as ‘feral’ and said it was impossible to catch her to trim her hooves.

The offence occurred between April and August 2018 while Rosie was being kept in fields off Portal Crescent in Mirfield.

Chelsea France, who is originally from Mirfield, failed to get treatment for rescue pony Rosie's overgrown hooves
Horse abuser Chelsea France is now banned from keeping equines for just one year

Andrew Davidson, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said that a charity inspector visited the area on August 14, 2018, and could clearly see that Rosie’s hooves were significantly overgrown.

He said: “These would have caused discomfort and suffering and would have taken some considerable time to get to that state.”

The RSPCA inspector spoke to members of the public who said that a young woman attended infrequently but hadn’t done anything about the pony’s feet.

A vet examined the pony and confirmed that she would have been suffering.

France arrived and said that she had owned Rosie since a traveller dropped her off with her in November 2017.

Mr Davidson said: “She was in a poor condition then and her feet needed to be trimmed.

“She described her temperament as nervous and difficult to handle.

“After Christmas she started trying to catch Rosie but this was impossible due to her nervousness.”

France said she then arranged for a farrier to come and cut Rosie’s hooves but, again, she couldn’t be caught.

Mr Davidson told magistrates that while it did take the RSPCA and the vet some effort to get to her, they were able to do so the same afternoon.

He said of France: “It’s well-intentioned but not wholly competent care.”

Lesley Cowling, mitigating, said that her client immediately agreed to sign Rosie over the RSPCA.

Miss Cowling said: “She bought Rosie off Facebook from an establishment closed down because of animal abuse and cruelty.

“She felt sorry for her and the thought of her being put to sleep made her quite upset.

“When she first got Rosie she was quite underweight and her feet did need trimming but not to this extent.

“She was able to lift her health through diet and fresh water and acknowledges that Rosie was nervous from the start.

“She tried to get a farrier out to trim her hooves but couldn’t catch her. She was almost feral and didn’t want anyone near her.

“Miss France appreciates she should have contacted a vet sooner but felt she should give her a bit of time to get used to people.

“She was aware her hooves were still growing and causing discomfort. She considered having her darted but felt that was more extreme and not necessary.”

Sentencing: banned from keeping all equines for a year.

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Chapel Allerton, Leeds: Robert Michael Hunter

#TheList Robert Michael Hunter, born c. 1984, of Scott Hall Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 – banned from keeping equines after his pony was found severely exhausted and dehydrated at Appleby Horse Fair

Horse trader Robert Michael Hunter from Leeds allowed this pony to become very poorly while in attendance at Appleby Horse Fair.

RSPCA inspectors intervened after the cob gelding was seen breathing heavily and dripping with sweat on June 6 2018, and struggling badly again the following day.

Only after negotiation and police intervention did owner Robert Michael Hunter allow his animal to be examined by a vet.

She found the animal to be severely exhausted, dehydrated and with a dangerously raised heart rate.

The vet went on to say that without veterinary treatment the horse would have been at serious risk of collapse and, subsequently, death due to the severity of exhaustion seen.

The horse was treated and has since made a full recovery.

H orse trader Hunterwas prosecuted and initially denied three charges. But ahead of trial he admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal both by overworking the pony and failing to provide him with routine dentistry for the previous six months.

He also admitted failing to ensure the horse’s worming and dentistry needs were met during a two-year period up to June 2018.

Hunter, a married father-of four and “experienced horseman”, said of the family pet: “I would never ever cause that horse any unnecessary suffering that I’d have known of”.

But, jailing him for 90 days, District Judge Gerald Chalk said: “Put simply, that horse had been severely overworked and was suffering from dehydration.

“That, in my view, is either deliberate ill treatment or neglect by you, and a high level of suffering was caused to that animal.”

Sentencing: jailed for 90 days. Banned from owning or keeping any equine animals for six years.

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Chichester, West Sussex: John Henry Brazil

#TheList Gypsy John Henry Brazil, born 24/06/1998, of The Hawthornes, Clayton Lane, Chichester PO20 8JQ – failed to look after a bay mare

Convicted animal abuser John Henry Brazil, is banned from keeping horses for three years

Brazil admitted causing unnecessary suffering by failing to address the cause of the horse’s “poor bodily condition”.

160 hours of unpaid work; 20 rehabilitation sessions; total of £385 in costs and charges. Banned from keeping horses for three years.

The Argus

Shirenewton, Cardiff: Tony Israel Price

#TheList Tony Israel Price, born c. 1962, of 6 Shirenewton Caravan Site, Wentloog Road, Cardiff CF3 2EE – neglected three ponies

One of the three piebald mares left to suffer by her gypsy owner Tony Price

Gypsy traveller Tony Israel Price was found guilty of three horse cruelty offences after failing to take advice from the RSPCA about their care.

In July 2018 RSPCA inspectors Christine McNeil and Simon Evans attended a field off Redway Road, Bonvilston and found 13 horses with “very poor grazing” with ragwort present, and one mare in particular in “very poor condition”.

“During this visit a vet examination was carried out and advice was passed onto the owner as well as a warning notice issued for the poor body condition of the mare,” said inspector McNeil.

“We then re-visited in August and I attended with chief inspector Elaine Spence and the mare’s condition had deteriorated. A vet on site was of the opinion that she was suffering and the two other mares did not have their needs met and would be likely to suffer if their circumstances did not change.

“Sadly our advice had not been taken on board and we had to take action. Further advice was also issued for the remaining horses at the location.”

The three piebald mares were signed over to the charity and will be made available for rehoming.

Sentencing: 18-month conditional discharge; £1,000 costs and a victim surcharge.

Horse & Hound

Redcar, North Yorkshire: John Pybus

#TheList John Pybus, born 06/02/1963, of Grewgrass Farm, Grewgrass Lane, Marske-by-the-Sea, Redcar TS11 8EB: left four horses to suffer with maggot-infested wounds and serious fractures; two horses had to be euthanised to end their suffering

Suffering horses were discovered at John Pybus's farm in Marske-By-The-Sea. Two of them - Dimitri and Jango - had to be put to sleep
John Pybus of Grewgrass Farm, Marske-By-The-Sea caused unnecessary suffering to horses Cliff, Dimitri, Jango and Tizer, who were all underfed and in need of urgent veterinary care. Sadly, Dimitri and Jango could not be saved

Pybus pleaded guilty to five counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Cliff, Dimitri, Jango and Tizer, between July 30 and December 27, 2018.

The RSPCA and the World Horse Welfare organisation attended Pybus’s address in August 2018 after receiving a call from a member of the public worried about two horses.

RSPCA Chief Inspector Mark Gent said: “The grey horse, Dimitri, had a wound to his right shoulder that was maggot-infested. The area he was in had very limited grazing, no hay or supplementary food and the water available to him was green.

“Cliff, a bay, appeared to be very thin, with his ribs, hips and spine all visible and he appeared to be lethargic with his head hanging low.”

The two horses were seized by police and taken into the care of World Horse Welfare. It was discovered that Dimitri had fractured withers and was put to sleep on vet advice. Cliff remains with the charity.

World Horse Welfare field officer Sarah Tucker said: “Wherever possible we will always try to work with horse owners to resolve problems in situ, but unfortunately Pybus ignored the advice and guidance given to him.

“Dimitri was clearly in need of urgent medical attention for his painful wound and both horses were in very poor condition – even though there was a barn full of hay at the premises.

“Thankfully, we were able to remove both Dimitri and Cliff to safety and give them both the dedicated care and veterinary treatment they needed.

“Dimitri was found to be suffering fractured withers which could not be treated so the difficult decision was made to put him to sleep but thankfully Cliff is flourishing in our care and will be looking for a new home soon.”

There was a barnful of hay at the stables, but Pybus neglected to feed his animals and in December 2018, RSPCA inspectors returned to find a horse collapsed.

Chief Inspector Gent said: “A chestnut gelding called Jango was found down and gasping for breath when the inspector arrived.

“He was very thin and his ribs, hips and spine were all visible.

“He had a bandage on his front foreleg, and when the bandage was removed there was a wound which was very smelly, soft to touch and was oozing with puss. He also had numerous patches of rain scald that were red in colour. Pybus said the horse had become ill quickly and he was planning to get a vet out to him.

“Jango was seen by a vet at the scene and they advised that he should be put to sleep to prevent him suffering any further.”

A five-year-old chestnut gelding horse called Tizer was in another stable at the site. He was also thin with his spine and hips visible. He and two other horses were signed over to the RSPCA and removed. They remain in RSPCA care whilst they are being prepared for rehoming. A further horse was signed over at sentencing and is being assessed.

Sentencing: 18-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months; 12-month community order’ £915 in costs. Banned from keeping all animals except dogs for ten years.

Northern Echo

Sunderland: Glenn A Foot

#TheList Glenn Foot, born 05/11/1987, of 42 Marley Crescent, Sunderland SR5 5BL – left his horse to suffer with a maggot infested wound

Failing boxer Glenn Foot left his defenceless horse tethered and suffering an infected wound

The RSPCA found skewbald stallion Raspy tethered on land near Wembley Road in Sunderland. Owner Glenn Foot was called to the scene, but refused to answer questions.

Police were called to supervise Raspy’s removal, but before a trailer could be loaded, Foot put his 12-year-old nephew on Raspy’s back and fled the scene.

Stewart Haywood, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said tethering Raspy was against welfare guidelines.

“In cases that a horse can be tethered, a broad leather collar should be used with a 360 degree swivel,” said Mr Haywood.

“The horse should also not be tethered near rights of way – there was a public path nearby – and the horse should be inspected at least once every six hours.

“Raspy had two nylon collars, one of which had caused the wound which became infected.

“A vet estimated the wound to be between two and five days old, “There were maggots and fly larvae in the wound.

“The RSPCA say the horse was subject to a prolonged period of neglect.”

The court heard Raspy and Foot were traced for a second time following a press appeal. Raspy’s injuries had healed by then, and Foot was allowed to keep him.

One of life’s failures: Convicted horse abuser Glenn Foot isn’t much cop as a boxer either

Foot was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, and f obstructing an RSPCA inspector in the execution of her duty, both on August 29, 2018.

Both convictions were in his absence after he failed to turn up for his trial.

Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said: “Mr Foot has dedicated much of his life to boxing.

“At the time of this offending he was preparing for a very important fight which would, had be won, led to great exposure and a remunerative contract with a promoter.

“He had been to a press conference to promote the fight on the day he was called to deal with Raspy.

“Unfortunately, the fight was lost, as were the associated opportunities.

“On the day he fled with the horse, he just panicked.

“The vet says the injuries to Raspy may have been only two days old. That is unpleasant, but it’s not a prolonged period of time.

“This is not a case of a man who leaves a horse to fend for itself for weeks or months at a time.”

Sentencing: 18-month community order; 300 hours of unpaid work; £455 costs. Banned from keeping equine animals for five years. The bench gave the RSPCA the power to seize Raspy if Foot still has him.

Sunderland Echo