Following a group of ponies being removed from his care last winter, a 25-year-old man from South Yorkshire has been given an 18-week custodial sentence and a lifetime ban on keeping equines.
Last Winter, field Officer Sarah Tucker from World Horse Welfare attended the scene where the 6-month-old youngster was found in distress.
“I can only describe the scene I faced last December as tragic. The collapsed foal had clearly been in a distressed state for some time,” said Sarah Tucker.
With the assistance of the RSPCA, Bransby Horses, a vet and the Police, the foal and two other ponies were removed from the field under the Animal Welfare Act (2006) to the Bransby Horse centre in Lincolnshire. Mr Groves from Edlington failed to comply with a Warning Notice issued by the RSPCA over the remaining two ponies regarding provision of a suitable diet and so in early January they were also legally removed due to their deteriorating condition.
“It was a relief to be able to remove the horses; however, despite vet Lynn Mabbit’s best efforts to save the colt foal, very sadly he died shortly after he was rescued. The sentence reflected the severity of this case and it is reassuring to know that Mr Groves will no longer be permitted to keep horses,” said Sarah Tucker.
As well as the custodial sentence and lifetime ban, Mansfield Magistrates Court ordered that Mr Groves pay £750 costs and £80 victim surcharge.