Horse’s owner jailed over animal’s suffering

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A MAN has been jailed for 20 weeks for causing unnecessary suffering to a horse kept in Lilbourne.

David Loughran, 52, from Goodacre Road, Ullesthorpe, was also banned from keeping animals after the incident, involving a three year old mare which had to be put down.

RSPCA inspector Pippa Boyd attended to find the horse in severe pain with a lame left hind leg. The horse’s hoof flew off when she kicked out.

Mr Loughran pleaded guilty at Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court last month. He was also banned from keeping animals for ten years.

RSPCA inspector Pippa Boyd said: “The RSPCA had in the past dealt with Mr Loughran giving advice regarding various horses he owned and as someone who earns a living working with animals he should have known better and contacted his vet as soon as the horse became unwell. It was appalling to witness the horse so frightened, anxious and in severe pain.

“I would urge any animal owner to learn from this case and at the first signs of illness in your pet ensure they receive veterinary treatment.”