Man banned from keeping animals after neglect of horse

Samuel Richards, 42, was banned from keeping animals for life at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court yesterday (25 March) after neglecting a piebald mare.

SamRichards5The offence took place in March last year when an RSPCA inspector was called to the horse which was collapsed in a field and extremely thin.

Veterinary treatment was sought but she was too unwell to travel, so RSPCA inspectors cared for her on site including supplying food and water, but she later deteriorated and sadly died.

Richards, of Overbridge, Gloucester, was given a ban on keeping all animals for life which cannot be appealed for five years.

SamRichardsHe was also given a six months community order and ordered to pay £1,500 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

RSPCA inspector Suzi Smith said: ‘I’m pleased with the ban as I’ve worked hard
since finding this collapsed horse, on improving animal welfare for the remaining horses.’

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Images supplied courtesy of the RSPCA.