Starved horse owner gets five-year ban
A STAFFORDSHIRE woman whose horse died after being starved to the point of collapse has been banned from keeping animals for five years.
Jacqueline Rita Wilson, 50, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the horse, called Duchess, and was given a five-year ban, a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work.
RSPCA Inspector Kate Levesley found the emaciated red road cob collapsed in a field in Coulter Lane, Burntwood, North Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court heard.
It is thought Duchess had collapsed 24 hours earlier. She was so poorly that, after a month under veterinary care and with no improvement, it was decided to put her to sleep.
Kate said: “Duchess was really struggling to get up as she was so weak. She was so skinny and clearly looked to be in pain.
Wilson, of Chapel Street, Norton Canes, near Burntwood, said she visited Duchess every day and also cared for family members.