Pakefield cliff ‘hanging’ horse owner Sam Smith jailed

Sam Smith Horse

The owner of a horse has been jailed for eight weeks after the animal was found on a cliff face, hanging from a tether around its neck.

From: BBC News

The piebald colt had been tethered close to a cliff in Pakefield, near Lowestoft, and had gone over the edge.

Horse rescue off cliff

Suffolk Fire service gave the horse oxygen during the rescue near Pontins Holiday Park

Sam Smith, 54, of Kessingland, Suffolk, admitted causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the horse’s welfare needs over the incident in March.

He was jailed at Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

‘So upset’
Smith, of Romany Lane, was also banned from keeping animals for 15 years.

The RSPCA said one of its inspectors, Nicky Thorne, was called out to the horse near Pontins Holiday Park and managed to cut it down with her pocket knife.

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“There is no doubt that young Frank suffered terribly”

Nic de Brauwere
Veterinary surgeon
In a six-hour rescue, the unconscious pony was rescued from the beach with help from the fire service and taken to the Norfolk-based Redwings Horse Sanctuary for treatment.

It died from a collapsed windpipe on arrival at the charity.

Ms Thorne said: “I was so upset; I kept telling the horse he would be the most famous and looked after horse in Suffolk if he pulled through.

“To lose him after six hours of trying to save him was awful.

“I am so grateful to the fire service, to the coastguard and to Redwings – everyone went above and beyond to try to save this horse’s life.

“I called the horse Frank after Frank Sinatra as he had blue eyes and I will remember him for a long time.”

Nic de Brauwere, senior veterinary surgeon at Redwings, said: “There is no doubt that young Frank suffered terribly, which is harrowing enough in itself.

“But what is most upsetting is the knowledge that the whole incident was completely unnecessary.”

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Penny Zielstorf

    Owner Needs Hung By other Parts Until They Fall Off …

    October 26, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Why & how could a man do this? … to anything! I think the guy should be shot

    October 26, 2013
  • mary Gardner

    All I know is that HE needs to be hanged in jail!! What a jerk, hope the judge know the whole story and put him in JAIL For a long time!!!

    October 26, 2013
  • sherriey

    please please tell me…WHAT IN HELL IS WRONG WITH FU%#$&* PEOPLE??????? if he didn’t want the poor colt….why didn’t he just give him to someone???
    WHY? WHY? WHY?

    the more people i meet…the more people i can’t stand! i am ashamed to be call a human being!

    October 26, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    I am still shocked …. 28 days for this you would … I would be better off if you just let him out we all know where he is

    October 26, 2013
  • Disgusting piece of Human GARBAGE , brainless idiot He should be hung in the same manner !!!!!! Eye for an eye !!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2013
  • Donna Orr

    I agree with all the punishment that has been stated here. But he should be our and we should do him the courtesy of showing him first hand what that poor little colt felt. I would volunteer my time to assist in Mr Amith’s education.

    October 27, 2013