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Edgworth horse ban for cruelty to animals
A HORSE lover found guilty of animal cruelty has been ordered to complete community service.
Philip Davies, 65, of Plantation Road, Edgworth, was convicted of keeping animals in ‘hazardous conditions’.
A total of 17 horses he kept in Edgworth as a hobby had lice, mites, worm infestations, foot rot, and liver damage caused by eating poisonous ragwort weeds.
Blackburn magistrates yesterday sentenced him to 300 hours of community service, a curfew between 8pm and 7am, and banned him from owning, or working, with horses.
The court also ruled he was liaible for costs of £85,000 to the RSPCA, although the only assets the pensioner holds are his house and land.
Defending, Louise Cowen said he had had a dream of opening up an educational facility on the site, showing how shire horses had historically worked the land.
She said: “He completely accepts the environment he kept the horses in was inadequate. He keeps horses for pleasure, not profit, and a ban is a punishment to him. A custodial sentence would be devastating to a man of his years.”
District judge Peter Ward found that the neglect was ‘medium term neglect’, and that a non-custodial sentence was appropriate.
He said: “The environment the horses were kept in was hazardous, with junk lying around where they were kept.”