#TheList Kathleen Davidson (DoB 06/10/1953) of 173 Newport Road, Caldicot, Monmouthshire, SE Wales – failed to appropriately care for 11 horses, and caused unnecessary suffering to two of the horses and a dog.
On Monday 02/07/2018 Davidson pleaded guilty to three offences of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
They were that she caused unnecessary suffering to a chestnut gelding called Zorro and a chestnut mare called Cassie by failing to address the cause of their poor body condition, weight loss and ailments, did not provide a suitable environment and diet including access to fresh drinking water to 11 horses and also caused unnecessary suffering to a black terrier type dog named Millie by failing to address her poor body condition.
When RSPCA inspector Emma Smith attended the location in Magor in December 2017 she found 11 horses in conditions that were not suitable. Between then and January RSPCA inspectors issued multiple warning notices. When they attended they always found a group of horses which were locked in a barn without food and water and others were loose outside and were close to a hazardous river.
Sadly, despite these warnings, and offers of help and guidance, the situation did not improve and at the end of January, RSPCA inspectors attended with a vet, who confirmed that it was not suitable for the horses to be there and the horses were removed.
Cassie was found to be very skinny with arthritis and Zorro was found to be thin and had an infected sheath – which is the area around his genitals.
A few days later a call came into the RSPCA reporting concerns of a dog at Davidson’s home and officers attended her address. They found Millie who was thin, had a skin condition, and a urine infection.
Inspector Smith said: “This was a classic example of someone who had taken on too much, and did not have the time or resources to care for their animals properly.
“It is frustrating as she was given lots of opportunities to turn things around and to make things right and we offered our assistance to help her reduce her animals. But she chose not to and we were left with no option than to remove the animals for their safety. It was a hazardous situation as it had been reported that horses had previously drowned in the river.
“Shockingly after removing the horses, a few days later we received a call to say she had a dog in a bad condition in her home. It is just a very sad situation, but there is no excuse for not caring for your animals properly.”
The 11 horses and Millie are in RSPCA care and are doing well. They will be placed into the rehoming system so they can find their forever homes.
Sentence: £832 fine plus £41 victim surcharge and £840 costs. Banned from keeping any animal for 10 years (expires July 2028).
July 2019 update: Davidson was back in court having breached her 10-year ban on keeping animals. Following a tip-off, the RSPCA found two lurcher-type dogs at Davidson’s home. Her ban was extended by a further 10 years and she was given a curfew and ordered to pay costs and charges of £325.