In South Wales, RSPCA inspectors found 400 animals in a neglected state on one site. In a separate case a horse owner was jailed for neglecting his ponies. Evan Lloyd Evans was jailed for nine weeks after nine ponies were put down
From: The Daily Mail Online
By: Luke Salkeld
More than 100 horses have been destroyed after they were kept in appalling conditions at a farm, it emerged yesterday.
The animals were among 400 found in a neglected state by RSPCA inspectors who swooped on the ‘deeply upsetting’ site.
In one of the ‘most significant animal welfare events’ ever seen, a charity spokesman revealed that over 100 of the animals were put down while around 300 have been moved to sanctuaries across the country.
The ‘owner’ of the horses, is the subject of an on-going investigation and cannot be identified.
Meanwhile, in a separate case a few hundred miles away from the site in South Wales where the 400 horses were found, another horse owner was jailed after many of his animals were also destroyed.
Evan Lloyd Evans, once considered a leading breeder, has been jailed for ten weeks for keeping Welsh mountain ponies in such a state that the RSPCA put nine of them down and impounded another 51.
The 69-year-old, who is said to have cost the animal charity £30,000, was also banned from keeping horses for ten years after being found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the needs of his animals.
A court heard the hooves of nine horses were in such an untreatable state it was decided by a vet to put them to sleep rather than put the animals through further suffering.
Harrowing videos of the ponies’ living conditions and the condition of their feet were shown to Caernarfon magistrates’ court in north Wales.