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Man who left lice-ridden animal without enough food or water is banned from keeping horses for 20 years

Nicky was found in March 2013 in a field next to Lower Icknield Road, Askett. Picture: RSPCA

Nicky was found in March 2013 in a field next to Lower Icknield Road, Askett. Picture: RSPCA

A Terrick man has been banned from keeping horses for 20 years after he failed to properly look after one in his care.

Jayson Stanley, of Nash Lee Road, was also ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £4,671.44 after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a horse and failing to meet her welfare needs.

Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court heard that the skewbald cob mare was found in a field next to Lower Icknield Road, Askett, in March 2013.

She was very thin with bald patches in her coat and her spine, hips and ribs were prominent.

The horse was also weak and lethargic and her hooves were overgrown.

Her young foal was still suckling so he was also removed from the field, along with his mother, as he may have suffered if left without her.

There was no grazing in the field, little extra food and the water containers were empty.

Stanley, 44, has lodged an appeal against his sentence.

RSPCA inspector Kirsty Withnall said: “This horse had been left without water and without enough food and was clearly suffering as a result.

“Her basic needs could have been met simply by providing food and water and treatment for her lice infestation but these things were withheld from the horse.”

The horse was later nicknamed Nicky after the vet who treated her and the foal was named Justin after the vet’s boyfriend.

Both have been re-homed together and Nicky is being broken in so she can be ridden.

Inspector Withnall said: “It is great news that both the mare and her foal are now doing well and living in a better place together.”

Stanley admitted a charge of causing unnecessary suffering by failing to investigate and explore the causes of the horse’s poor bodily condition and weight loss and three charges of failing to meet her welfare needs by failing to provide an adequate and effective parasitic worm control, treatment for her lice infestation and adequate dental care.

 

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