Horley horse owner gets five-year ban after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to colts (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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Horley horse owner gets five-year ban after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to colts
8:37pm Monday 15th October 2012 in News
A horse owner from Horley has been banned from keeping equines for five years after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to two horses.
An RSPCA inspector said the two colts being kept by Christine Hawkins, 49, of Ash Road, were “simply starving.”
Hawkins admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the bay colt and grey roan colt which became extremely thin in her care.
Dartford Magistrates Court heard that when RSPCA inspector Liz Wheeler was called out, she found the bay colt, called Tommy, was so thin that he could not stand.
In fact, the magistrates were told, that for two weeks after being seized by the RSPCA, the horse had to be helped to its feet as it was so weak.
The grey roan colt, called Yankee Doodle, was also thin and weak and needed help.
Both horses gained weight after being seized at the field in Horton Kirby, near Dartford in Essex, where they were being kept.
As well as her five-year ban, the magistrates ordered Hawkins to carry out 40 hours unpaid work and to pay £2,000 in costs.
Inspector Wheeler said: “There was no excuse for the neglect of these horses.”
She said: “This woman was responsible for them and yet she didn’t ensure that they were given enough food, so they were simply starving.”