One Man Has Been Banned From Keeping Horses
Jason Cooper, a New Forest man has been banned from keeping horses after mistreating a filly.
Jason Cooper, of Pound Road, Pennington, appearing in Southampton Magistrates Court was convicted of ill-treating a horse, who was later named ‘Tippee’ by rescuers.
Cooper had left Tippee tethered next to a stallion. She was found thin and weak, covered in lice and tethered in an unsuitable environment. The horse was taken into possession by police.
A member of the public called the RSPCA who were assisted by World Horse Welfare in rescuing the horse from Admiralty Way in Marchwood.
Tippee’s rescuers named her Tippee because of the way she wobbled when she walked.
Tina Ward an RSPCA inspector who investigated for the animal welfare charity said: “Tippee was being kept in inappropriate conditions and her basic needs were not being met.”
“She was in poor bodily conditions, her hooves and teeth were in an awful state, and she had an untreated lice infestation. Cooper had been the owner of Tippee for just five weeks and had already been told to remove her from the common by the Agisters because of her poor bodily condition.”
“The standard of care fell well below that of a reasonable owner. Cooper had a lifetime of experience of owning and keeping horses and should have known no horse should have been left to suffer in the way Tippee had been.”
“All horses need daily care and attention and especially those that are tethered. The practice of tethering horses, whilst far from ideal, is not illegal in this country, so owners who choose to keep their horses this way must go the extra mile to ensure all the horse’s welfare needs are being met.
“I am grateful to all the organisations who were involved in this case and did all they could to help give Tippee the second chance she deserves.”
Tippee has thankfully since made a full recovery and will soon be looking to be rehomed.