Parish councillor who neglected Shetland ponies has convictions upheld

 The ponies were severely neglected (Pic: RSPCA) 

The ponies were severely neglected (Pic: RSPCA) 

A woman from Leeds has had convictions for four animal welfare offences upheld and her sentence increased after a four-day appeal.

Amanda Munro, who was a parish councillor at the time of the offences, appeared in Leeds Crown Court last week (Tuesday 2 - Friday 5 January).

The judge upheld her convictions for causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the needs of three Shetland ponies and failing to meet the needs of a goat.

She was re-sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on Tuesday (9 January) where she was given a lifetime disqualification on keeping equines and goats with no appeal for termination of the disqualification for seven years.

 The ponies had nowhere dry to stand (Pic: RSPCA) 

The ponies had nowhere dry to stand (Pic: RSPCA) 

A deprivation order was placed on the three ponies and goat and an order was made to confiscate a further 10 equines remaining in her care.

She was also given a 12-month community order including 200 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £3,250 costs.

RSPCA inspector Carol Neale said: “These ponies - who were mummy, daddy and baby - were all very thin and suffering.

“The conditions they were living in were simply disgusting. They were literally wading in faeces, it was that bad, just a stone’s throw from Munro’s home.

“The goat was housed in a building on the same field. When we attended, he was shut in there alone with no access to food or water, and had overgrown hooves.

"All we could hear when we were dealing with the ponies was the goat calling to us from a tiny window. Munro said the door had jammed so she couldn’t get inside, and we had to break it down to get to him.”

The animals were removed on veterinary advice on 16 December 2016, following advice from World Horse Welfare.

 Cookie and Oreo enjoying life with World Horse Welfare (Pic: World Horse Welfare) 

Cookie and Oreo enjoying life with World Horse Welfare (Pic: World Horse Welfare) 

World Horse Welfare field officer Sarah Tucker said: “This has been a long, drawn-out case but I am very happy with the outcome.

“These three ponies were living in totally inadequate conditions, the foal was hypothermic and all of them were very thin. When I attended the location, the three of them were all huddled in a corner looking dull and lethargic. 

“In the winter, mud is inevitable, but in this case no attempt was made to make a dry standing area or to make the environment clean or inviting for the ponies.

 Cocoa has made a full recovery and is ready to find a new home (Pic: World Horse Welfare) 

Cocoa has made a full recovery and is ready to find a new home (Pic: World Horse Welfare) 

“None of the ponies were receiving adequate nutrition and the mare who was feeding her foal was struggling to keep both of them alive.

“This situation could have been easily rectified by providing good quality food and a clean living environment.”

The ponies have remained in the care of World Horse Welfare and the goat in the care of the RSPCA pending the outcome of the case. All have made full recoveries. Loving new homes will now be able to be sought for them.

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