Horse owner fined and banned for three years

A Burslem woman who left a horse to die in a muddy field has been banned from keeping horses for three years.

Kyla Martin pleaded guilty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to causing unnecessary suffering to a horse housed in a field in Talke.

The 22 year-old horse, Delta, died after being left in a waterlogged field unsupervised, without having access to an adequately sized, well-drained pasture on which to stand and lie down.

Staffordshire County Council’s Animal Health team were called to investigate, but the field was so water-logged it took officers eight days before they could gain access to remove the dead horse.

27 year-old Martin pleaded guilty at Newcastle Magistrates court, and was fined £1579 plus costs. She was banned from keeping horses for three years.

County Councillor Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards lead said: “People who keep any animal have a duty to ensure they are well cared for and kept free from harm. The judge in this case recognised that a horse was left to suffer in totally unsuitable conditions, and banned this person from keeping horses for three years.

“Our trading standards animal health officers work with businesses and horse owners to make them aware of the legislation – the vast majority are responsible and play an important part in Staffordshire’s economy. However, where there is neglect they will take prompt action.”

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