Doors of filthy stables where they were living hadn’t been opened in months
Thirty-one Arabian horses were rescued from squalid conditions in Blackpool thanks to
equine charities and the police.
Some of the horses had to be broken out of their stables when the RSPCA attended an address on Jubilee Lane on a warrant along with police, vets and support from other charities in September last year.
RSPCA Inspector Carl Larsson said: “There were 31 horses in dilapidated stables which had not had the doors opened in months, some of which had to be forced open with a hammer and screwdriver.
“Dirty bedding was stacked halfway up the doors and once opened they wouldn’t close again because so much muck spilled out.
“There were horses with such crippling lameness from overgrown hooves that their legs were shaking with pain. They were unable to step down off the pile of muck out of their stables. One collapsed as it reluctantly made its way off.
“Of these horses six were put to sleep on veterinary advice to end their suffering straight away. Since then a further five have been put to sleep on welfare grounds.”
In total 24 horses were caused unnecessary suffering as a result of a lack of attention to their feet and teeth.
Nicola Haworth (D.O.B 04.02.61) was convicted of two offences under the Animal Welfare Act at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court in her absence on Monday (8 July)*.
She was sentenced yesterday (Tuesday 9 July), also in absence, when she was disqualified from keeping all animals for 10 years with no appeal for five years and given a six month curfew order between the hours of 8pm-6am.
She was ordered to pay costs of £4,000 and £85 victim surcharge. She was also deprived of the 20 horses that are subject to the case, and these will now pass into RSPCA care.
In mitigation, the court heard that Haworth was suffering from mental health issues.
Inspector Larsson said: “I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped these animals so far – World Horse Welfare, HAPPA, Redwings and Bransby Horses – who both sent staff to help on the day of the warrant – and of course the vets and police.
“And I want to thank those who have offered to help – we will be taking many of you up on it – as we work with breed specific organisations and experienced owners to find homes for the surviving horses.”
*The full offences were: