A ‘horse lover’ has been found guilty of 52 counts of animal cruelty.
Philip Davies, 65, of Plantation Road, Edgworth, also pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to protect the horses from pain, injury, suffering, and disease, and two counts of failing to provide a suitable environment, during the two-day trial.
The charges, brought by the RSPCA, relate to 17 horses kept on land in Edgworth.Hurrah! Cruelty to animals is to be abhorred. Even when it isn't deliberate cruelty, but neglect and lack of concern for their safety.
Summing up, district judge Peter Ward said: “Adequate steps should be taken to reduce infestation, but these steps were not taken.
“Davies had too many horses and he could not adequately deal with them.
“The inadequate control and the level of the infestation was so much that it caused suffering.
“Mr Davies was not able to keep on top of the number of horses, and the condition in which they should be kept. ”Who could disagree with this?
Speaking after the case, Chief Inspector Cathy Hyde, of the RSPCA, said: “I am very pleased with the judgement.”Well, so you should be!
So, when will the RSPCA be rounding up the horses in York then? And prosecuting their owners?
Are you there, Cathy..?