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Farmer banned from keeping horses for life

A farmer has been banned from keeping horses for life after leaving four in such abysmal health and without veterinary care, that they had to be put to sleep.

Julie Lee was successfully prosecuted by Marden Rawsthorn’s Paul Ridehalgh and Karl Wilson on behalf of the RSPCA in the gut-wrenching case.

Blackburn Magistrates heard how RSPCA and World Horse Welfare inspectors had visited Hens Head Farm, King Highway in Accrington.

There they found six lame horses with overgrown hooves.

Whilst the horses had access to grass there was no apparent supply of water or food.

Much suffering

The vet who examined the horses concluded they had suffered so much that they should be put to sleep to prevent further pain.

The defendant showed no emotion or remorse when she was told the news.

The court was informed that veterinary and farrier attention should have been sought months before they were discovered by the RSPCA. The horses had all suffered significantly. 

Deprived of ownership

The defendant was deprived of ownership of two further horses and ownership was transferred to the RSPCA which will enable them to be rehomed.

Successful prosecution

Lee received an 18-week prison sentence suspended for two years. She must also complete 200 hours’ unpaid work and attend rehab sessions.

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