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Emaciated and injured animals at horse sanctuary in Cornwall

A horse sanctuary owner left animals emaciated and with untreated injuries.

Roberta Cleere, 39, became “overwhelmed” when she ran the Second Chance Horse Rescue Centre from her home in St Day, Cornwall.

She was found guilty of four counts of animal cruelty and sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £1,250 in costs.

Truro Magistrates’ ordered the seizure of any horses she owns and disqualified her from keeping horses for 10 years.

BeauThe Shetland cob-type horse Beau suffered from neglect

Kevin Withey, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said there had been “medium to long-term neglect”.

He said the emaciation witnessed by RSPCA staff must have had a “prolonged cause”.

Rob Ecclestone, defending, said Cleere had always been “devoted to horses”.

He said it was her love of animals which led to her setting up the Second Chance Horse Rescue Centre.

The sanctuary began in 2003 and Cleere had 35-40 horses when the RSPCA intervened in December 2015.

Speaking outside court, RSPCA inspector Jon Phipps said Cleere had repeatedly ignored advice and warnings.

Article taken from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-37781017

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Rudolph the foal found abandoned in a Christmas tree farm – and rescued just in time for Christmas

A horse charity is appealing for information after a tiny foal was found abandoned in a Christmas tree farm in Norfolk.

The little foal was left to die in a Christmas tree farm

The chestnut colt, which the charity has named Rudolph, was discovered by a member of the public who called in the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare for help.

Rudolph has an injury to his right hind leg and severe ulceration to one eye, both of which were causing him a lot of discomfort.

He’s now safe and warm, and is being looked after by World Horse Welfare.

The charity is trying to locate his owner.

World Horse Welfare Field Officer, Jacko Jackson visited Rudolph when he was found. He said: “This is sadly not an unusual case of a horse being dumped and left to fend for himself. Thankfully Rudolph was discovered and he’s now in a safe place receiving the treatment he so desperately needed for his injuries.

“Rudolph has no microchip so we have no way of identifying his owner. If anyone has any information about Rudolph or recognises him we urge them to get in touch with either World Horse Welfare or the RSPCA.
“It’s fortunate the weather has been so mild recently; otherwise it could have been a very different story. Thankfully Rudolph is now in safe hands. Christmas has come early for this little pony.”

He is being treated for his injuries

RSPCA deputy chief inspector Ben Kirby said: “This poor little foal was in a sorry state – he was found alone in a field and was clearly injured; one of his eyes was badly ulcerated and he had a nasty leg injury. It’s so sad to think somebody could have cruelly left Rudolph like this with such painful injuries, and just before Christmas too.

“He was treated by vets and I am so grateful that World Horse Welfare have taken him in. It’s a relief to know that at least one more horse in need of rescue is now safe in time for Christmas.”

If anyone has any information about Rudolph or recognises him they can report it in confidence to World Horse Welfare on 08000 480 180 or the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

Article taken from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/12064426/Rudolph-the-foal-found-abandoned-in-a-Christmas-tree-farm.html

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Scotland’s highest-paid charity boss charged SSPCA for looking after distressed horses at his private stables

Scotland’s highest earning charity boss charged his employers at the Scottish SPCA for looking after distressed horses at his private stables.

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Animal-lovers were recently stunned to learn that Stuart Earley raked in £216,000 a year – more than Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Record can reveal that Earley and wife Emma charged the charity more than £12,000 to care for seven neglected animals at a livery yard they set up after he was appointed to the lucrative role in 2007.

Horses channelled from the SSPCA to the Paddock View Livery in Dollar, Clackmannanshire, were charged at more than £300 a month. Earley claims it was a 44 per cent discount on their normal rates.

An insider said: “This man earns a fortune from the organisation. When Earley’s wages were revealed, people were disgusted.

“To think he has a separate business enterprise that took money directly from the SSPCA seems in really bad taste.

“It came to the attention of staff that his own livery yard was taking in horses. People thought at the time that, on his salary, he might have helped out and charged costs only.

Last week, Earley said his salary is justified by his high performance.

His spokesman said he saved the horses from destruction by taking them in. The first horse was taken to the boss’s stables in April 2009.

The spokesman added: “An SSPCA chief inspector advised Stuart that two horses were in desperate condition and needed accommodation. Rather than risk the animals being put down, Paddock View Livery, run by Mrs Earley, was approached to house the horses.

“The Scottish SPCA board were consulted and agreed. A rate equal to 44 per cent discount from normal rates, was agreed.

Between April 2009 and August 2011 – the last time Paddock View was required to house horses – a total of seven horses were placed with the livery, which received payments of £5100 in 2009, £4502 in 2010 and £3000 in 2011.

“All payments were agreed with the board’s explicit knowledge and consent.”

Horses were kept at the discounted rate of £12.14 per day. The spokesman stressed the care they needed meant there was no profit in the deal.

He said: “The rate offered by Paddock View was effectively at cost or lower.”

Emma Earley said: “I have rehomed horses from the Scottish SPCA. I have rehomed five dogs from them. I own them now. It’s a good thing.”

Article taken from: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scotlands-highest-paid-charity-boss-6704980#ICID=sharebar_facebook

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Animal charity’s £2,500 reward for help finding horse slasher

An animal welfare group is offering a £2,500 reward for help catching a horse killer.

Earlier this month two-year-old Honey was found dead in her field in Syston with slash injuries to her head and the rest of her body.

Peta, the international animal rights charity, today warned that the attacker is a threat to everyone and that their violent behaviour is “likely to escalate” if they are not stopped.

Spokewoman Elisa Allen asid: “It is imperative that any community faced with a sadistic and violent act such as this take measures to find the culprit or culprits and bring them to justice.

“Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whoever is available to them, human or non-human, and must be caught before they act again.

“History shows that past incidents involving cruelty to animals regularly appear in the records of serial rapists and murderers.

“Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Dunblane killer Thomas Hamilton, Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Raoul Moat all started out by deliberately harming animals.”

Honey had been in a field off Potters Lane, Syston, when the attack happened between 6.15pm on Sunday, September 6, and 10.30am the following day.

Her owner, Claire Watts told the Mercury she was horrified to see her mutilated horse on the Monday morning.

She said: “I could not believe what I was seeing. It’s barbaric, the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen in my life.

“Her right ear and some of the right side of her face were cut off and there were lacerations all over her body.”

Peta has offered to pay the £2,500 in return for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the blade attack that resulted in the death of Honey.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the police on 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Article taken from: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Animal-charity-s-2-500-reward-help-finding-horse/story-27818130-detail/story.html#mz07RePFe3HDr2so.99

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Thousands sign petition after Scots horse is stabbed and sexually assaulted

More than 4,500 people have petitioned Justice Secretary Michael Matheson calling for a change in animal cruelty sentencing.

An online petition calling for a change to animal cruelty sentencing has got the attention of the Scottish government after it attracted more than 3,500 signatures.

The petition – intended for the Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson – was launched after an 18-year-old horse was stabbed and sexually assaulted while it was grazing in the New Pitsligo area of the North East last weekend.

Blaze was found by her owner Zoe Wright the following evening and despite vets’ best efforts, the retired show jumper was put to sleep.

Disgusted at the abhorrent crime, a Change.org petition was launched to encourage stricter sentencing where crimes of animal cruelty have been committed and by this morning it has already attracted more than 4,500 of its 5,000 signature target.

Campaign creator Maria Verrecchia appeals to ‘anyone who has access to the internet” to lobby for a change to the law to harsher-punish those who commit heinous acts like those inflicted on Blaze.

She says: “The likelihood of the perpetrators being brought to any form of justice is not only slim due to the nature of the crime and the relevance to police time and resources, but will likely bring about a sentence of a fine and maximum term of 12 months imprisonment under the Scottish Judicial System.

“If a Sheriff hears the case and not a Jury (Scotland) then the sentencing is likely to be even less.”

“Animal Rights may never be put on a par with Human Rights, but the resulting pain and loss suffered from this level of cruelty remains very HUMAN and should be measured on that fact at the very least.”

“Please help to obtain Justice for Blaze – raise awareness and apply pressure to those who can amend the Law and bring about heavier sentencing and a greater awareness within the Judicial System in addressing the causes of such offending.”

At current, a conviction of causing an animal unnecessary suffering can carry 12 months in prison, a lifetime ban on keeping animals and a £20,000 fine.

Speaking to the Press and Journal, a Holyrood Spokesperson said: “Animal cruelty and abuse are abhorrent and cannot be tolerated in a modern civilised society.

“However we recognise that it is only right that maximum penalties for any type of offence should be reviewed periodically within the context of penalties for other offences.”

Maria told the P&J: “The current sentencing level for this crime does not reflect the heinous cruelty of horse mutilation and sexual abuse.

“Blaze was a servant, a trusting creature, trapped, abused and mutilated and left to suffer. Let Scotland and its people be a voice for Blaze and all animals that suffer cruelty.”

Distraught Zoe offered a reward of £1,000 through Facebook to anyone who is able to provide information that results in an arrest.

Police are continuing their investigation into Blaze’s death.

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Article taken from: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/crime/thousands-sign-petition-after-scots-6315643

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Scottish SPCA appeal to re-home 27 Shetland ponies

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for horse lovers with big hearts to help re-home 27 tiny Shetland ponies.

Freddie, one of the 27 Shetland ponies which an animal welfare charity are trying to rehome. Picture: PA

The charity took the small ponies into its rescue centre in Aberdeenshire as their previous Scottish Borders-based owner could no longer look after them all.

Staff at the charity’s centre in Drumoak now want people to come along and meet the miniature mustangs in a bid to find them new owners.

Centre manager Graeme Innes said: “These ponies arrived in our care together and we now have the challenging task of finding them all new homes.

“They may be little ponies but we have some really big characters. Rufus, for example, has proven to be a very cheeky boy who will follow people around the field to get a treat and a scratch.

“Casper would be a great pony for a child to groom and cuddle as he will happily stand all day for some attention.”

He added: “Shetland ponies can make wonderful pets but they should never be re-homed on a whim.

“We would ask anyone interested to consider the costs involved in equine ownership and carefully think whether they have the time and resources to care for a pony.

“If anyone is interested in our Shetlands we would be delighted to hear from them.”

Anyone who can offer a Shetland pony a new home is asked to contact the Scottish SPCA’s Aberdeenshire centre on 03000 999 999.

Article taken from: http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/scottish-spca-appeal-to-re-home-27-shetland-ponies-1-3839535