#TheList Amanda Jane Thorne, born c. 1978, of Little Skewes Farm, St Wenn, Bodmin PL30 5PS, neglected and starved 25 horses
Mother-of-two Amanda Thorne had denied five charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and one of ensuring that the needs of 25 horses were met.
But she was found guilty by the judge after a trial in her absence in October 2019.
All 25 horses suffered because they did not have clean accommodation, adequate food, a constant supply of fresh, clean drinking water, a dry lying area, adequate exercise or parasitic control.
Eight horses had overgrown hooves and four were malnourished because of Thorne’s neglect.
One was in need of veterinary care for a foot abscess, rain scald, lymphangitis, cellulitis and wounds.
One horse tragically died. The rest were taken by the RSPCA and stabled before being found permanent owners. They have made good recoveries.
Nigel Weller, for Thorne, said: “I would implore the court that she has learnt her lesson going through court proceedings.”
He added that the risk of her reoffending was low.
District Judge Diana Baker said: “Horses were starving to death, there were not being treated for their ailments. Their hooves were not being trimmed. They were in a pitiful state.
“You have shown no remorse for what happened and you blamed others. Concerned members of the public brought this matter to the attention of the RSPCA.
“One of the experts said that this could have been a whole lot worse if they had not brought the matter to their attention.”
She added that she had been considering sending farmworker Thorne straight to jail, but decided to suspend her six-month term for 12 months.
The court also heard that Thorne has problems with her mental health, which were exacerbated by the court case.
Speaking after sentencing RSPCA inspector Jo Pearson said the case was one of the cruellest she had ever seen. She thanked neighbours for alerting the charity to the horses’ plight and added: ” Without members of the public coming to us with the information, she would never have been brought before the courts”.
Sentencing: six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months; 15-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement; four-month tagging order; ordered to pay £15,000 towards the RSPCA’s costs. Banned from keeping equines for life.