Banned horse dealer jailed for neglecting animals
A horse dealer has been jailed after she was found guilty of neglecting animals in her care and keeping them in a yard with " nails and barbed wire all over the place".
Sarah Jane Harrison, along with Nicole Lees, of Pocklington, and Keith Barker, was found guilty of offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, after neglecting a number of horses and keeping them in "filthy" conditions in a yard in Dead Lane, Harlthorpe.
Harrison, of Dead Lane, Harlthorpe, was found guilty of breaching a ban on keeping horses, and neglecting nine horses in her care between July 2014 and January 2015.
She was sentenced to 20 weeks custody and banned from owning, keeping, participating in the keeping of horses, and from dealing and transporting them for 10 years. The court also issued a deprivation order in respect of the horses owned by Harrison, which had been removed from her premises at Harlthorpe and are now in RSPCA care.
Assisting with the running of the yard, Nicole Lees, 22, of Sherbutt Gate Road South, Pocklington was also found guilty of neglect and failing to meet the needs of the nine horses along with aiding and abetting Harrison in the breach of her ban, between July 2014 and January 2015.
Lees received a 12 month community order requiring her to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay a Â£65 victim surcharge and Â£1,000 towards costs.
RSPCA chief inspector Karen Colman said: “These poor horses were completely failed by Harrison. As a dealer, she should have ensured they were in the best health and condition, yet the yard was filthy. There were nails and barbed wire all over the place posing a serious risk, and she failed to give them even very basic care such as providing them with enough food and water, and ignored their need to see a vet or a farrier.
“Harrison was already serving an 18-month ban on owning and keeping horses and dogs for similar offences and causing unnecessary suffering to two horses, yet she outrageously ignored the court order and continued to neglect animals with complete disregard for the law.
She continued: “The courts have made it crystal clear now that Harrison cannot, under any circumstances legally own, sell or transport horses for the next 10 years.”
Keith Barker , also known as Keith Maplebeck of Stocking Lane, Knottingley, Wakefield, was found guilty of neglecting his own horses in January 2015, who were stabled at the same yard in Harlthorpe. He received a community order requiring him to work 100 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of Â£65.
Chief inspector Colman added: “Owning and working with animals is a privilege and these three truly abused their responsibility to provide care for the horses.
“It’s really important that people do their research and make sure that when they buy a horse, they are from a reputable yard where they have been well looked-after. We have so many rescued horses available for rehoming through our RSPCA centres and we hope that people will consider adopting one when looking to get a horse.”