Woman pleaded guilty for breaching ban and neglecting two horses

Lisa Fletcher (24/06/66) of Barn Meadow Road, Winchcombe, admitted two counts of causing suffering to two horses and one count of breaching a disqualification order banning her from keeping horses when she appeared at Stroud Magistrates’ Court on Monday (19 May).

Sentencing has been adjourned until June 9.

Speaking after the hearing today (Mon), RSPCA inspector Suzi Smith said she was called to a DIY livery yard in December last year (2013) where she found two thin colts.

She said: “The foal was very, very thin. The vet discovered he had a severe lung infection and was riddled with worms. I don’t think he would have survived the week if we hadn’t got the veterinary care he needed. Santa before low res.JPG

“It was touch and go. He needed antibiotic injections twice a day and a great deal of TLC. Luckily he pulled through and has gone from rags to riches as he’s been adopted by Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin (pictured) who has named him Santa.

“The other horse, a yearling called Frank, was also thin but has recovered well and we hope to find him a fantastic home in the future.”

In October last year (2013) magistrates banned Lisa Fletcher from keeping horses for five years after she pleaded guilty to three offences of neglecting a grey Arab stallion called Raji by failing to explore the cause of his weight loss, breathing difficulties and overgrown hooves.

 


 

Notes to editors:

Lisa Fletcher pleaded guilty to three offences:

1 – Between 1/10/13 – 4/12/13 kept horses in breach of a disqualification order made on 1/10/13 at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court.

2 – Between 06/11/13 – 4/12/13 caused unnecessary suffering to a black colt foal* by failing to explore the cause of his weight loss, contrary to section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act.

3 – Between 09/10/13 – 4/12/13 caused unnecessary suffering to a bay colt by failing to explore the cause of his weight loss, contrary to section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act.

In the previous court case Lisa Fletcher pleaded guilty to three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to Raji. As well as being disqualified from keeping horses she was also given a community order for 12 months, ordered to pay £4,500 court costs and had to carry out 200 hours community service.

Frank is not yet ready for rehoming.

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