Parish councillor who left Shetland ponies emaciated and wading in faeces has convictions upheld

11/01/2018

A woman from Leeds has had convictions for four animal welfare offences upheld and her sentence increased after a four-day appeal.

Munro prosecution World Horse Welfare

Amanda Munro (D.O.B 16.06.62) of Rakehill Road, Scholes - who was a parish councillor at the time of the offences - appeared in Leeds Crown Court last week (Tuesday 2 - Friday 5 January).

The Crown Court Judge upheld her convictions for causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the needs of three Shetland ponies and failing to meet the needs of a goat.

Cookie when found

- Cocoa the mare when she was found (Credit: RSPCA)

She was re-sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on Tuesday (9 January) where she was given a lifetime disqualification on keeping equines and goats with no appeal for termination of the disqualification for seven years. A deprivation order was placed on the three ponies and goat and an order was made to confiscate a further 10 equines remaining in her care. She was also given a 12 month community order including 200 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £3,250 costs.

Cocoa Penny Farm

- Cocoa after rehabilitation in World Horse Welfare's care

RSPCA inspector Carol Neale said:

“These ponies - who were mummy, daddy and baby - were all very thin and suffering.

“The conditions they were living in were simply disgusting. They were literally wading in faeces, it was that bad, just a stone’s throw from Munro’s home.

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- The ponies when they were found

“The goat was housed in a building on the same field. When we attended he was shut in there alone with no access to food or water, and had overgrown hooves. All we could hear when we were dealing with the ponies was the goat calling to us from a tiny window. Munro said the door had jammed so she couldn’t get inside, and we had to break it down to get to him.”

The animals were removed on veterinary advice on 16 December 2016, following advice from World Horse Welfare on 25 November 2016 which had not been acted upon, and placed in the care of the charities.

Cookie on arrival

- Youngster Cookie on arrival at World Horse Welfare

World Horse Welfare Field Officer Sarah Tucker said:

“This has been a long drawn out case but I am very happy with the outcome.

“These three ponies were living in totally inadequate conditions, the foal was hypothermic and all of them were very thin. When I attended the location, the three of them were all huddled in a corner looking dull and lethargic. 

Cookie Penny Farm

- Cookie after rehabilitation at World Horse Welfare

“In the winter mud is inevitable, but in this case no attempt was made to make a dry standing area or to make the environment clean or inviting for the ponies.

“None of the ponies were receiving adequate nutrition and the mare who was feeding her foal was struggling to keep both of them alive.

“This situation could have been easily rectified by providing good quality food and a clean living environment.”

The ponies have remained in the care of World Horse Welfare where they have all made great recoveries and are transformed from the weak and exhausted group who arrived more than two years ago. The goat is in the care of the RSPCA pending the outcome of the case and has also made a full recovery. Loving new homes will now be able to be sought for them.

Penny Farm

- L-R: Oreo and Cookie after rehabilitation at World Horse Welfare