‘Emaciated’ pony’s Leeds owner banned from keeping animals

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A horse owner has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years after an RSPCA inspector found the “thinnest pony she had seen” in a field in Leeds.

Simon King, of Brussels Street, Leeds, pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates’ Court yesterday to causing unnecessary suffering to a piebald colt pony.

The court heard RSPCA inspector Nikki Cheetham was called to a field on Rodley Lane on April 5 where she found the collapsed colt. She described it as the thinnest pony she had seen in her five-and-a-half year career and said it was too weak to stand or lift its head.

Vet John Millar of Aireworth vets attended the field and described the pony as emaciated and in his opinion said it had been caused unnecessary suffering for at least three to four months.

King, who the court heard had health issues at the time of the offence, was given a 12-week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months and a 10-year ban from keeping animals.

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