A 43-year-old woman from Haverfordwest has been given a suspended jail sentence for causing unnecessary suffering to two horses.
Lindsay Rebecca Morgan, an equine course builder of Clarbeston Road, was found guilty of eight offences including causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the welfare needs of a bay horse and a chestnut horse following a one-day trial at Haverfordwest magistrates.
Last October an RSPCA inspector responded to a complaint about the welfare of horses being stabled in a barn at Treffgarne. When he arrived, Inspector Keith Hogben was immediately concerned about the welfare of two horses and the conditions in which they were being kept. An independent vet was called to examine them and he stated that both horses were suffering and needed to be removed from the location. The police were called and with their assistance the horses were taken into the care of the RSPCA.
Inspector Keith Hogben said: “These horses were being kept in a disgusting state and had been suffering for a long period of time.
“The bay stallion was emaciated with his hips, spine and ribs clearly visible. The chestnut mare was very weak and appeared to be suffering from a leg injury.
“There was a large amount of faeces in the barn and the bedding was saturated with urine, it had obviously not been cleaned out for some time. In places the soiled bedding measured up to 11 inches and fresh bedding had simply been thrown on top. The most basic needs of these horses were not being met.”
Sadly the bay horse was put to sleep on veterinary advice after he failed to respond to treatment.
At Haverfordwest magistrates court Morgan was sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work. She was also ordered to sign the chestnut horse over to the RSPCA for rehoming and pay £6289.54 prosecution costs along with an £80 victim surcharge. She was disqualified from keeping equines for 10 years and and not allowed to appeal that disqualification for five years.