A woman from Aldershot in Hampshire has been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to her pony, Honey, who was discovered severely underweight and suffering in March 2016.
Mae Doble, appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on 25 January, in a case brought in by the RSPCA and was convicted of an allegation under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Mae Doble was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to her pony, Honey, by failing to seek veterinary care between 29 February 2016 and 28 March 2016, which led to the pony’s condition rapidly deteriorating. She was given a five year ban on owning all animals, and ordered to pay costs of £750, received a £480 fine and a £48 victim surcharge.
“We received a complaint about Honey’s condition and when I arrived at the property and saw her, I was shocked. She was the thinnest pony I had ever seen," said RSPCA inspector Maxine Jones.
“Police removed Honey and placed her into our care, but despite our team’s best efforts, sadly she passed away two days after her rescue.
“If only Honey had been given the right veterinary care by her owner, she would never have got so poorly. This sad case is a strong example of how much responsibility comes with owning a horse, and we urge people to consider really carefully if they are in a position to properly care for one.”
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