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Ban for woman who left her horse 'rotting' in it's stable

Claire Louise Hopkins of Hampshire has been given a suspended prison senstence after leaving a dead horse "rotting" in a stable with another horse.

On the 2nd of November at the Portsmouth Magistrates' Court, the 44 year old pleaded guilty for causing uncessary suffering and failing to meet the needs of three horses in her care.

Between the 19th of April to 2nd of May this year, the court heard the horses were left unattended in stables for at least two weeks. One of the horses, Pheobe died. Her stablemate Fred was left with her body.

Pheobe photo: portsmouth.co.uk

Molly, the third horse was found in such a state she was close to death.

Inspector Jenny Ride of the RSPCA described the scene “In my 15 years as an RSPCA inspector this was the worst case I have ever seen. It was horrendous, to see a deceased horse basically rotting away and another horse, Molly, not long from death must have been mental, as well as physical torture, as horses are highly intelligent."

Hopkins was given a eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and a 20-day rehabilitation activity to be undertaken within 12 months. She was also fined £300 and ordered to repay vet costs of £274.80, at £10 a week.
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