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Horses Had To Be Put Down After Owners Ignored Laminitis Advice

One owner has now been banned from keeping equines for 20 years after she ignored treatment advice for laminitis, resulting in three horses having to be put down.

The RSPCA banned Claire Mason, of Magnolia Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcester and said that magistrates now “recognise how important it is that no other animals are made to endure that same fate.”  

Claire Mason, who is 46 years old, appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court on the 19th of April. She was sentenced after pleading guilty to three charges at an earlier hearing. The three charges were all under the Animal Welfare Act towards her part bred Arabs Rosie, Enrica and Fern.

She admitted to causing unnecessary suffering by failing to provide appropriate veterinary treatment.  

She kept her horses in a livery yard in Norton between the 3rd of July and the 14th September 2018.

When the RSPCA came to inspect the yard they found the mares to be ‘severely lame’.

An RSPCA spokesman said despite repeated warnings from the charity and a vet, Mason failed to address the mares’ health concerns instead “choosing” to leave them to suffer.

“The horses were suffering from laminitis brought about by failing to treat underlying pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, also known as Cushing’s.

“This can be managed successfully on medication alongside a well-managed diet. Sadly Mason failed to do this despite being made aware of the condition and being advised accordingly.”

Clarie Mason was an experienced horse owner who should have known how to care for her horses.

All three mares were put down with the owner's consent after being advised to do so.

The court heard Mason had mental health problems and further mitigation was advanced on the basis that the defendant had owned horses for years, had never had any previous issues, and had “won prizes at shows”.

Mason was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and 100 hours of unpaid work. She was ordered to pay £1,000 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.