A FORMER horse show judge and breeder has been hit with a £30,000 court bill and handed a suspended prison sentence after a second conviction for causing suffering to animals.
At a trial at Leeds Magistrates Court in February, David Hinde, 50, of Main Street, Aberford, was convicted of six offences under the Animal Welfare Act.
The charges included causing suffering to a pony and failing to meet the needs of 52 cats.
At Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, Hinde was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months and banned from keeping animals for 12 years.
A pony owned by Hinde had to be put to sleep after being found collapsed and emaciated in a field in Preston in October 2012.
Inspectors searched Hinde’s home in Aberford and found dozens of pedigree British shorthaired cats being bred for sale at the property. Two had untreated gum condition gingivitis and 52 had an infestation of ear mites. Hinde’s parents Raymond, 79, and Cynthia, 76. were convicted of six allegations relating to the cats, including causing unnecessary suffering to 52 cats.
They were each fined £500 and banned from keeping any animals, except dogs, for five years. All three members of the Hinde family were ordered to each pay £30,000 towards prosecution costs. Hinde’s lawyer Philip Morris said his client has an otherwise “exemplary character.” At Beverley Magistrates’ Court in September 2011, Hinde was banned from owning, dealing in or transporting horses for three years after admitting causing suffering to a pony.