Letterston, Haverfordwest: Eric Symmons

#TheList Eric Gwilym Symmons, born c. 1954, of Station Road, Letterston, Haverfordwest SA62 – for his shocking neglect of three Shetland ponies

One of the three Shetland ponies severely neglected by Eric Symmons from Dyfed, Wales, UK
One of the three Shetland ponies severely neglected by Eric Symmons

Symmons admitted that his failure to act caused the ponies to suffer unnecessarily.

The weight of one of the ponies was judged to be 141kg – more than 100kg below the average expected weight for a Shetland of her height.

All three animals were subsequently taken into RSPCA Cymru care, before being successfully re-homed by the charity.

“We found three Shetlands at this property seriously impeded by overgrown hooves and hidden from view,” said RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben.

“The suffering they endured is likely to have lasted many months.

Put simply – there’s no excuse for this sort of shocking neglect.

“A straightforward five-minute phone call to a farrier could have prevented these Shetland ponies from experiencing the pain and suffering of such dangerously overgrown hooves.

“This was long-term and completely unnecessary neglect, with one of the ponies also lame with a very poor physical body condition and the RSPCA is steadfast in its commitment to acting against such animal cruelty”.

Sentencing: ordered to pay a total of £888. No ban.

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