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Woman Found Guilty of Horse Neglect

25 April 2014

UK - A woman has been banned from keeping equines for three years after neglecting a young horse found emaciated and collapsed in a field.

Susan Savage, of London pleaded guilty to charges of failing to address the causes of her horse being underweight, and seek veterinary care for a serious condition, at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, April 15.

She was also given a three year conditional discharge and fined £8,000.

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Suffering continued for weeks

RSPCA officers were called in January 2013 after concern about the two-year-old chestnut colt being kept in a field at Standen Barn in Biddenden.

The young male was extremely thin and suffering from paraphimosis (penile trauma), an extremely painful condition.

The RSPCA visited the animal with a vet and found him to be in such a bad state that the kindest thing to do was to put him to sleep to end his suffering.

RSPCA Inspector Dave Grant said: “This poor young colt was in a terrible way and suffering a great deal. I just can’t understand how anyone could have just left him like that.

“There was just no flesh at all on his body – he was so, so skinny.

“We tried to get him to stand several times but he was just too weak and the vet said there was nothing really he could do to alleviate his pain. He said he thought this suffering would have been going on for at least four weeks – perhaps longer.”

Horse crisis in England and Wales

Sadly cases involving equine welfare are not uncommon. The country is in the grip of a horse crisis. The RSPCA has 125 spaces at our four equine centres, but we are currently caring for over 800 of the country’s most neglected and abused horses and ponies.

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