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    Owner banned for leaving horses to suffer gets decade ban

    NewsGeneral Equestrian NewsTuesday 22 November 2016
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    Philip Jones, from Ruthin has been banned from keeping any animals for a decade after he allowed two horses to get into a "horrendous" state.

    Gwynne, one of the horses in question was caused unnecessary suffering after Jones failed to address her weight loss and overgrown hooves.

    Kia Thomas, from the RSPCA, said: “The outright neglect shown to these animals was deeply shocking, with appropriate action not taken despite bones being visible on the body of one of the horses, and both suffering from overgrown, and likely very painful, hooves. They were in a horrendous state.
     
    Gwynne overgrown hooves
    Gwynne - photocredit: walesonline.co.uk
     
    “In addition, both horses will have had trouble standing, and walking, properly as a result of their laminitis - which can be a very painful and serious condition for equines.
     
    “Sadly, these conditions cost these two horses their lives, in a shocking example of what can happen when people do not take the responsibilities they have for their animals seriously.”
     
    Billy overgrown hooves
    Billy - photocredit: walesonline.co.uk
     
    The court also heard how Jones failed to address the overgrown hooves of another horse named Billy. As well as the ban, which cannot be contested for four years, Jones was ordered to pay a fine of £2,560 and £300 in costs.
     
    Both horses also had laminitis, which the RSPC said was a painful and chronic condition, and after independent veterinary advice, both animals were put to sleep at the owner's discretion.
     
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