Abuser jailed for breaching ban and neglecting horses

This is the way to treat criminal abuse of horses. The story comes from England.

In equine cruelty cases in the U.S. abused horses have been returned to the abuser or one of their family members. And not because abuse was not proved. They were simply fined and no jail time. Or the abusers have lost their horses then turned around and obtained more horses then abused them. Laws need to be strengthened and fully enforced.

Santa, when he was rescued.
Santa, when he was rescued.

by BECKY GRANTHAM
for YOUR HORSE

A woman has been jailed for neglecting a foal which has since been rehomed by Olympic dressage star Charlotte Dujardin.

Lisa Fletcher from Winchcombe, admitted two counts of causing suffering to two horses and one count of breaching a disqualification order banning her from keeping horses when she appeared in court last month.

Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court (MON) has given Fletcher a 16 week custodial sentence, ordered her to pay £2,000 costs and she’s been disqualified from keeping equines for life.

RSPCA inspector Suzi Smith says, “I’m pleased that the sentence in this case reflects the severity of the offences.

“Without veterinary treatment, the outcome for these two horses could have been very tragic.”

Inspector Smith was called to a DIY livery yard in December 2013 where she found two young horses. She says, “The foal was very, very thin. The vet discovered he had a severe lung infection and was riddled with worms. I don’t think he would have survived the week if we hadn’t got the veterinary care he needed.

“It was touch and go. He needed antibiotic injections twice a day and a great deal of TLC. Luckily he pulled through and has gone from rags to riches as he’s been adopted by Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin who has named him Santa.”

For more information on the RSPCA visit http://www.rspca.org.uk