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Man banned from keeping horses
AN 18-year-old man has been banned from keeping horses after RSPCA inspectors found an animal he owned emaciated and crawling with lice.
Robert Price, who lives at the travellers’ site in Outgang Lane, York, has been banned from owning horses for five years, given 100 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £250 in court costs and a £60 victim surcharge by magistrates in York.
The horse, called Big Pride, was spotted by an RSPCA inspector tethered without any decent grazing or drinking water, and only a small amount of hay, on April 4 this year, the court heard.
Phil Brown, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said the inspector was so concerned about the animal’s welfare she called a vet and the police. As she waited for officers to arrive, Price turned up with several others who insisted there was nothing wrong with the animal and threatened her.
When the vet arrived he described the horse as “skin and bones” and “crawling with lice”. Mr Brown said the scene became “difficult” as more travellers arrived and more police were called.
Later, the vet gave the horse a body condition score of only 0.5 out of five.
Price pleaded guilty to two animal welfare charges. Andrew Craven, defending, said Price accepted responsbility for the horse’s condition.
Mr Craven said: “He has not had a great deal of experience keeping horses. His knowledge comes from an oral tradition that is inadequate for caring for a modern horse.
“He did the right thing in signing over the horse to the RSPCA and pleading guilty.”