#TheList Michael Stephen Walsh, born 15/04/1964, of Bryntirion, Rhuallt, St Asaph, Denbighshire LL17 0TG – caused suffering to two little donkeys by leaving their severely overgrown hooves unkempt
Millionaire Michael Stephen Walsh changed his earlier plea to admit the Animal Welfare Act offence and was sentenced at Mold Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.
Another individual [most likely his wife, Judith Walsh] accepted a caution for their involvement in the poor care of the donkeys.
The RSPCA was notified of the case after members of the public saw the male donkeys with the severely overgrown hooves, causing them difficulty to walk. Veterinary examination discovered the hooves were in such poor condition that the donkeys endured suffering.
Donkeys thrive in semi-arid parts of the world, where the ground is dry and stony. Their hooves are much more efficient than horses at absorbing water, but this means the wet pasture of the UK can make their feet soft and cause foot diseases.
Most donkeys’ hooves require a trim every six to 10 weeks.
RSPCA inspector Jenny Anderton said: “The failure to provide adequate care for these donkeys’ overgrown hooves caused them to suffer.
“It is really sad how such basic action could have prevented this. A simple phone call to a farrier could have stopped these poor donkeys suffering.
“Fortunately, both donkeys will come into the care of the RSPCA and have a second chance of happiness. But this case reminds us how important proper appropriate care of hooves is for donkeys, and other equines.”
Walsh was fined £650 and ordered to pay £500 in costs and a £50 victim surcharge. He agreed to sign the animals into the care of the RSPCA.
Michael Stephen Walsh, with his brother Sean, set up lucrative business Anglia insurance repairs, which they sold for £37m in 2007.
The brothers later bankrolled their local football club Prestatyn Town but severed ties in 2012.
The business man, who is also a former soldier, now runs Walsh Investment Properties as well as carrying out charity work for ex-servicemen.
He has ploughed much of his fortune into renovating his massive farm house home in Rhuallt.