Camborne, Cornwall: Janet Carter and Trevor Hampton

#TheList Janet Marlene Carter of Newton Moor Farm, Troon, Camborne TR14 9HW and Trevor Alven Hampton of 4 Chapel Court, Edward Street, Camborne TR14 8PA – failed to look after pigs, cattle, horses and birds on their farm

Janet Evelyn Carter and Trevor Alven Hampton pleaded guilty to a string of animal cruelty offences involving farm animals
Janet Evelyn Carter and Trevor Alven Hampton pleaded guilty to a string of animal cruelty offences involving farm animals

Carter and Hampton were convicted under the Animal Welfare Act after horses, pigs, poultry, sheep and cattle were found living in dirty pens without water and were left exposed to dangerous scrap metal that littered barns and fields.

A miniature Shetland pony was found with overgrown hooves so badly deformed that he had to be put down.

A sheep was so starved of food that he was close to death while ducks were kept locked in complete darkness.

Carter owns Newton Moor Farm and most of the animals, while Hampton stays in a caravan and is responsible for looking after the animals.

An RSPCA inspector was called to a paddock at the farm in March 2017, where a miniature Shetland pony belonging to Carter was found to have severely overgrown hooves.

The inspector described how the pony struggled to get to his feet and had long and misshapen hooves.

The court heard how Carter said at interview that the animal was known informally as ‘the rocking horse’ and said he had “always walked funny”.

Heartless Carter added: “If there’s a problem, we’ll just have it shot and that’s that.”

The pony was released to the RSPCA and a vet discovered the bones in his legs had rotated, causing him extreme pain. Sadly there was no alternative but to euthanise him.

Inspectors visited the farm in April 2017 after a complaint about pigs straying into the road.

New-born piglets were discovered in pig sties shivering without heat lamps. Feeding troughs designed to be hung on a fence were being used, exposing the pigs to sharp hooks, and some sties had no railings to stop the sows accidentally injuring the piglets.

Some of the sows were in dirty conditions while in another barn, the piglets were able to squeeze between railings and mix with the cattle.

Concerns were also raised about the number of cattle, the space provided in a large barn and the mixing of bulls, cows, calves and heifers, which was against good practice.

In another visit, in December 2017, inspectors found collapsed fences and trailing barbed wire, as well as metal panels with exposed sharp edges.

Some free range birds had access to water and fresh bedding while others did not. Four ducks were kept in complete darkness with no ability to swim or bathe their heads.

Inspectors also found a sheep which was so severely emaciated he was almost dead.

Sentencing:
Both Carter and Hampton were banned from keeping horses and poultry for ten years. They must wait at least five years before they can apply to the court to have the ban reviewed.

The judge rejected a ban on pigs, sheep and cattle by acknowledging that the pair make their livelihoods from farming.

Carter was sentenced to 12 weeks in custody on each charge, to run concurrently, suspended for one year. She must also pay £7,000 court costs and £115 victim surcharge.

Hampton was jailed for 10 weeks on each charge, again concurrently, suspended for one year. He too must pay £3,000 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

Cornwall Live