Barnsley woman banned from keeping animals for life over horse neglect

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A woman has been banned from keeping all animals for life after she neglected her horse.

Victoria Jane Todd, aged 44, of Walton Street, Gawber, appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court and admitted three offences under the Animal Welfare Act after her 12-year-old thoroughbred horse, known as Dado Mush, was found ‘in a terrible state’ in a field in Elsecar.

The court heard that Todd failed to investigate and address the causes of the horse’s poor body condition and weight loss, and failed to provide him with dental care, hoof care and treatment for lice and rain scald.

The RSPCA said the horse was so exhausted when he got down to rest, he could not get back up and after developing colic vets decided it was kinder to put him to sleep to prevent him from suffering further.

Todd was sentenced to an 18 week prison sentence, which was suspended for two years, and was ordered to pay costs of £2,080.

RSPCA inspector Keira Benham said: “This poor horse was in a terrible state.

“He was severely underweight, had rain scald and mud fever and a number of really sore ulcers in his mouth.

“There was no doubt he was in a lot of pain and a vet confirmed that he was suffering.”