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Man admits causing "unnecessary suffering" to horse in Chertsey

Man admits causing "unnecessary suffering" to horse in Chertsey

Published by Lucinda Horsley at 2:49pm 10th April 2019. (Updated at 3:01pm 10th April 2019)

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A man has been ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work after admitting causing "unnecessary suffering"  to a horse in Chertsey.

Evidence emerged of how the animal was subject to "prolonged neglect" and ill treatment, leaving her in extreme distress. 

Maurice Smith, 30, of Hawthorn Way, Shepperton was charged under the Animal Welfare Act, after officers seized the horse from a field in May 2018.

Smith was identified as April’s owner but initially denied that she belonged to him when he was interviewed.

However, he later admitted that she was his and said that he had asked a vet to examine April and that she was being treated with antibiotics. However, he could not provide any details in relation to the treatment April received.

A number of witnesses initially contacted police in April 2018 to report that the horse, April, was in distress.

She had been left double rugged in temperatures of 24 degrees without shade and was sweating profusely.

Police attended the location and decided that April needed immediate medical care and seized her under the Animal Welfare Act.

After a full medical examination by a vet, April was found to be undernourished, with multiple sores, was wearing ill-fitting handmade shoes which were causing her foot pain, and was suffering from worms or a viral infection.

The vet said that she had been subjected to poor management and undue suffering. 

Smith was given a 12 month community order, ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £400 court costs and an £85 victim surcharge when he appeared at Staines Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday (3 April).

Investigating officer PC Chloe Hodgkinson said:

“This was a complex investigation which took many months to bring to fruition. I was called to deal with the incident and was shocked by the pitiful state April was in.

“April has since received the care and treatment that she needed and is making a good recovery. I hope that this case will deter other owners from neglecting their animals and send a strong message that if you are caught, you will be dealt with.”

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