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Bridlington Pair Guilty Of Animal Neglect

Bridlington Pair Guilty Of Animal Neglect

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 4:21pm 24th January 2017.

A 60 year-old woman and a 19 year-old man whose horses repeatedly strayed onto busy roads have been found guilty of neglect, following a prosecution case by the RSPCA.

Anne Smith from Little Beck Road, Bridlington and Benjamin Johnson from Woldgate Traveller Site, Bridlington appeared in court this week when they were ordered to carry out unpaid work and pay costs.

The pair were sentenced at Bridlington Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 24 January after previously being found guilty (on 13 December) of failing to meet the needs of a Shetland pony called ‘Paddy’.

A catalogue of incidents involving their horses roaming loose next to a main road had resulted in the RSPCA giving advice to the owners, but this advice was repeatedly ignored.

Johnson had received an RSPCA caution previously for the same thing but he still did not improve the situation. 

Four horses had been found roaming loose next to the main road and on another occasion Paddy had been found entangled around a tree. One of defendant’s horses had previously been killed after being hit by a car when loose at the same location. Despite being aware of these problems the pair continued to put the lives of their horses at risk by allowing them to roam freely next to busy traffic.

This case was based on section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act where an owner has a duty of care to meet the needs of their animals.

During the investigation, threats were made to RSPCA Inspectors and police officers’ lives.

RSPCA inspector Jilly Dickinson said:

“The RSPCA and police received multiple calls from concerned members of the public about loose horses next to the main road.  For many years the RSPCA has been attempting to improve the welfare of these horses through advice and guidance but this was repeatedly ignored.  

Hopefully this prosecution will serve as a lesson to those in the area who persist in allowing their horses to run loose next to busy roads.”

In addition to being denied ownership of Paddy, magistrates ordered Johnson to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work and Smith to complete 40 hours of unpaid work.  Both defendants were also ordered to pay £340 costs.

The RSPCA hopes to rehome Paddy if no appeal is lodged within 21 days.




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