Starved horse owner gets five-year ban

Burton Mail - - News -

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.

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